Other common names: Orange Treespider Tarantula; Red Tree Spider; Orange Chevron Tarantula
Scientific name: Tapinauchenius gigas
The Orange Treespider Tarantula is native to French Guiana, and is a very speedy and aggressive arboreal species.
Appearance / health:
This is a fairly small tarantula, growing up to 4-5 inches.
Temperatures should be 80-85F with humidity levels of 75-80%. Substrate should be a mix of peat moss and vermiculite or potting soil can be used and should be 3-5 inches deep. Keeping the substrate moist will help keep up the humidity level, however the substrate should not be overly wet. A small shallow water dish may be provided and cleaned frequently. Add tank décor that will allow this spider to hide such as cork bark, driftwood, logs, etc.
Adults will take any large insects such as crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers and other insects. They will also take super worms and king mealworms as well. Larger adult specimens can have an occasional pinkie or fuzzy mouse. Spiderlings and young tarantulas will eat pin head crickets and fruit flies.
great appetites, enjoyable spiders, webbing
These guys are great! Definitely one of the most enjoyable spiders I've kept. They are extremely fast and never fail to make a dash for it when the lid is opened. They have great appetites and are really active and visible as well. very strking as spiderlings and get more so with each molt. They will fill their enclosures with webbing but hang out outside the webbing often. My two .75" spiderlings never threaten, but they will tackle anything that enters their enclosures, such as the tweezers I use to take shed exuvia out. I mist them every other day and keep them in acrylic 2"w x 3"t boxes with lots of ventilation and an inch of sphagnum peat moss..
From ttula Apr 7 2010 2:12AM