Other common names: Guyana Pinktoe; South American Pinktoe
Scientific name: Avicularia avicularia
The Pinktoe Tarantula is a tree dwelling New World tarantula which is native to tropical forests in South America. Avicularia avicularia is a popular and handsome captive tarantula and is considered to be quite docile.
Appearance / health:
This tarantula generally grows up to 5 inches. The mature pinktoe tarantula has a dark-colored body with pink marks at the foot of the leg, thus giving it its name. Juvenile specimens, however, have pinkish bodies and dark-colored feet. Pinktoe tarantulas undergo a reversal in their coloration as they approach adulthood.
Behavior / temperament:
The Pinktoe is a docile and active species. They are very fast, so when opening up the tank or trying to handle them it is important to be very careful and use caution. Since they are docile and easy going, these are a good choice for beginners.
Spiderlings can live in a tall clear plastic container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 40 gallon tank, depending on the number of tarantulas. This species can be kept communally in a large, well-planted terrarium with many hiding spots and broad-leaved plants. There should be little or no cannibalism, especially if the tarantulas are about the same size and well fed. If concerned about fighting and cannibalism, it’s best to house them separately in a 5-10 gallon tank. Height is more important than floor space for whatever size tank being used.
Humidity levels must be kept up around 78-82% and temperatures should be around 75-85F. Substrate can be potting soil, peat moss, eco earth (bed-a-beast), or wood chips that should be kept moist (not sopping wet). A small shallow dish can be used to provide water. Other tank décor should be added to make climbing easy since they are tree dwellers by nature.
Spiderlings eat flightless fruit flies, pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, moths, flies, other large insects, and an occasional small lizard or pinkie mouse. Whatever you feed, it should not be bigger than the Tarantula’s body.
As with most tarantula species, the male Pink-toed Tarantula is thinner and has long, furry legs. The males have hooks on the first pair of legs that are used to hold the female’s fangs during courtship and mating. A female remains bulky as she grows. An adult male should be carefully introduced into the female’s enclosure after he has produced a sperm web. After mating, the female should be fed a variety of prey on a more frequent schedule. The Pink-toed tarantula will breed fairly readily. They lay between 50 to 200 eggs that hatch in six to eight weeks. The spiderlings are pretty good size and can easily be raised with crickets.
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Pinktoe Tarantula - Don't be afraid
Earlier on in my career, I got to experience something I never thought I would really enjoy. I got to work with a Pinktoe Tarantula, which for me at the time, was horrifying. I have a long history of Arachnophobia (fear of spiders), and I was not about to walk up and touch this spider out of the blue. I was scared out of my mind and wanted nothing to do with it.
That all changed, however, when I decided to take a "risk" and feed it. After watching it eat I felt a little more comfortable being around its tank. I got closer and closer over time until I got to watch one of my coworkers handle it. After that I became more curious than anything and decided to try my luck. I held a spider in the palm of my hand for the first time in my life. I was sweating, I was nervous, but she did not bite me. I was relieved and actually started to enjoy the experience, finally being able to appreciate the coloration and docile nature of this spider I had been so fearful of prior.
By the time we had sold her, I became very close to this Tarantula, I held it almost daily and learned to love it. My fear of spiders is much less pronounced now because of my experience with a Pinktoe Tarantula. So, in a sense, you could say that I went through a form of animal-therapy without even trying. The docile nature of these arachnids stuns and surprises me.
If you know someone with Arachnophobia, I might recommend introducing them to a spider of this species. It helped me and it may be able to help them. They make great pets for the aspiring arachnid owner and are overall, pretty fun to keep.
-Fun to watch them eat
-Great first pet spider
-Likes to hide
-Needs live food
-Spiders are not for everyone
Photo credit goes to DiverDave on Wikimedia
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From Jhyson94 Jan 29 2015 2:15PM
An Incredible Tarantula
A veterinarian I worked with bought me Wangster at a Reptile/Arachnid convention when he was just a baby. Right away, he was easy to handle. He'd walk from hand to hand over and over again. He showed no signs of aggression at all. He was always visible in his tank. Because he was so docile, his enclosure was easy to clean and maintain. He ate crickets and didn't require a ton of them. I loved watching his shed. He would build a thick web in the corner of his tank and stay inside of it. Over the course of a day or two, he would slowly come out of his exoskeleton and work his way down out of the webbing. He wasn't extremely active, but he didn't burrow or hide so I could always look at him. I even allowed a five-year-old child to hold him, and Wangster was gentle and showed no signs of irritation or aggravation.
When my daughter was born in 2005, I decided it wasn't safe to keep spiders in my home, so I gave him to a friend that owned multiple tarantulas.
I definitely plan on owning another one some time. The pink-toed tarantula is really such a cool pet and very low-maintenance..
From danielle1981 Aug 16 2015 9:55PM
Pink Toed Pet
Pink toed tarantulas are DANGEROUS pets. Pet store clerks and some owners try to make you believe that these furry spiders are docile and harmless. But, they are not. My sister purchased one for my nephew. It was a female that came with her entire enclosure and supplies. My sister was told that the spider could be handled safely. So, she felt that it was okay for my 9 year old nephew. When they got the spider home, my nephew went to pick it up. When, he picked it up some of the spider's hairs got stuck into his hand. After a couple of minutes, his hand started to burn and itch. Then it turned red and swelled up. Soon, he had hives all over his body. My sister rushed him to the ER. He stopped breathing just as they got to the hospital. The doctors were able to save his life. Turns out he had an allergic reaction to the spider. My sister was told these spiders have tiny barbs on their hairs that hold venom. When threatened, the spiders can release the hairs. The spiders often do this and if the threat doesn't go away, they bite.
My sister was going to kill the spider with bug spray. But, I took it, thinking I could find it a home with an experienced owner. Unfortunately, it got out of it's home somehow. My cat found it before I did. The spider bit Fluff before she killed it. Fluff ended up suffering from kidney failure and had to be put down a week later.
These spiders are not good pets, unless you want to have no interaction with them and pretty much just look at them..
From writer802 Jul 24 2014 6:30PM