Other common names: Panama Blond Tarantula
Scientific name: Psalmopoeus pulcher
The Panama Blonde Tarantula is a large arboreal species which is native to tropical forests in Panama.
Appearance / health:
5-6" DLS, with an overall blonde coloration and black markings on the abdomen that fade with age and size.
Behavior / temperament:
Fast, skittish and defensive.
Medium to large arboreal enclosure with at least one vertical retreat.
Relatively easy to care for, and fast growing. Moderate humidity and good air flow should be provided for this species.
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, mealworms
Easy to breed
beautiful creamblonde color, completely black abdomen
medically significant venom
common New World
This is one of the less common New World arboreals, and a cousin to the P. irminia (Venezuelan Sun Tiger) and P. cambridgei (Trinidad Chevron).
P. pulcher are a beautiful cream/blonde color, as the common name suggests. Hints of red, especially in the legs/feet are not uncommon. Younger animals will have an almost completely black abdomen that fades with time.
These are not for beginners. P. pulcher is fast, defensive, and will not hesitate to bite if it feels threatened. Being New World, they do not have medically significant venom, but since they lack urticating hairs, their venom is stronger than that of typical New Worlds, so bites will be more painful. They are not for handling, but instead, more for display.
If you are a lover of arboreals, this animal needs to be in your collection!.
From HeartlandInvert Aug 29 2014 12:12AM