Other common names: Peru Purple Pinktoe Tarantula; Peru Purple Pink Toe Tarantula; Peru Purple Tarantula; Blue Pink Toe Tarantula
Scientific name: Avicularia urticans
The Peruvian Pinktoe Tarantula is an arboreal New World tarantula which is native to the nowrthwest Amazon Basin rainforest, particularly northeast Peru.
Appearance / health:
Adults reach leg spans of roughly 5-6" on average. Spiderlings are the typical "Avic" coloration of pink with a striped abdomen and black "boots," but mature into adults that are an overall bluish-purple with pinkish purple setae (hairs) on the abdomen and bright pink feet.
Behavior / temperament:
Can be skittish, but is usually relatively calm and docile. Those familiar with tarantulas can usually handle them with ease.
Arboreal housing (more height than floor space). Provide a large arboreal enclosure, with plenty of air flow and steady (but not swampy) humidity.
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, mealworms.
pink highlights, particularly hairy body
A Safe Pick for a Spider
Over the years we've raised a lot of tarantulas. Many of them have worked out well for us and others have not worked out at all. Many species of tarantula are easy to provide a comfortable home for, while others are very difficult to reproduce their home environment.
The Peruvian Pink Toe falls right in the middle of those categories. Neither too difficult to take care of, nor too easy.
We lived in Florida when we housed tarantulas, which made it easy to duplicate the hot and humid atmosphere that so many arboreal tarantulas need to live. We did not have to introduce humidity into their enclosures. If you live in a cooler, dryer area, you will have to provide this for them. The Pink toe needs branches and foliage to climb on and a nice warm, moist tank. They feed on little tree frogs and insects, especially crickets.
The Peruvian Pink Toe is a sort of catch all name for the many sub-species of Pink Toe that live all around South America and the surrounding areas. They are all very similar in appearance and temperament.
I love the Latin name for the pink toe, Avicularia avicularia. It sounds like a spell from Harry Potter.
The Pink Toe will grow to 6 inches across, with a particularly hairy body, more hairy than most other species. The abdomen has pink highlights that make it especially beautiful, and the ends of its toes are pink, as if someone had painted them.
Not as docile as the Mexican Red Knee (which makes an excellent pet because of its calm and almost friendly nature), the Pink Toe can be handled, but it's difficult to try to decide what sort of mood its in. I've never felt comfortable enough with mine to handle them, although many people do.
Tarantula bites are very rare. They only bite when they feel they have no other choice. The main problem with handling tarantulas is their urticating hairs, or barbed, bristly hairs, which they eject from their abdomens toward anything that they sense is a threat to their safety. These hairs can be extremely irritating, especially if one finds your eye or sensitive skin.
Young tarantulas do not have urticating hairs, which make them much easier to handle. With each successive molt, they develop more and more of the hairs, which become thicker each molt.
The Peruvian Pink Toe is a great species for observation through the tank, and for more adventurous spider keepers, you may learn to enjoy handling them. They are not one of the knee-jerk movement spiders that are in one location one second and two feet away the next.
Having tarantulas as pets can be very educational and enjoyable. Take your time and research the many available species and choose one that will be right for your home..
From thegunslinger Jul 25 2015 9:54AM