Scientific name: Cyriocosmus ritae
The Peruvian Black and White Dwarf Tarantula is a small terrestrial species which is native to Brazil.
Appearance / health:
1.5-2" DLS (diagonal leg span). This species is black and white in coloration, with a copper colored, heart shaped mirror patch on the abdomen.
Behavior / temperament:
Very fast and skittish.
Small terrestrial enclosure with ample substrate in which to burrow. Somewhat challenging to care for due to their small size, this species should be given plenty of stubstrate to burrow, and should be kept moderately humid. Keepers should be familiar with working with smaller animals and smaller prey items.
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, flightless fruit flies.
Relatively easy to breed. Many hobbyists not that copulation takes several hours time.
dwarf species, abdominal mirror patch, true gem
overall short lifespan
ample substrate, light handling
If you love dwarf species, this is a must, and a true gem for a collection. The markings on this little critter are insane - striking black and white and an abdominal mirror patch that shines like a bright penny.
These guys don't take much space to keep at all - adult females only reach about 1.5-2" at most. They do like to burrow, so ample substrate is needed to keep them happy. Though they like to burrow, they are out and about pretty frequently, so it's not like owning a "pet hole."
One major downside to this species is their overall short lifespan. 5-7 years is about all you can expect from them according to many keepers (and in my own experience).
These guys are flighty, and some will be defensive, but light handling can be accomplished with some..
From HeartlandInvert Aug 29 2014 12:17AM