Scientific name: Iridopelma hirsutum
The Ribbed Treespider Tarantula is an arboreal tarantula which is native to Brazil.
Appearance / health:
Iridopelma hirsutum grow to 4-5 inches. As adults they have greyish-tan legs, with ribbed markings on their reddish orange on their abdomens.
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.
beautiful blue, delightful spider, black markings, great hunters
enclosure cross ventilation, good air flow
Iridopelma hirsutum/sp. 'recife'
This species is really unique, and rather uncommon in the hobby still.
I. hirsutum start out as beautiful blue and white metallic looking spiderlings and mature into an overall cream colored spider with black markings on the abdomen. They very much resemble tarantulas from the Avicularia genus, but this spider can be distinguished by temperament. While Avicularia are generally docile, I. hirsutum are most definitely NOT. They are fast, skittish and very defensive and will not hesitate to bite if disturbed.
This species does need a little more attention to detail where husbandry is concerned if you want to be successful with them. Like Avicularia, they need good air flow to their enclosure (cross ventilation is a MUST), and they also need above average humidity. The enclosure should not be swampy - rather, they should get a good misting about once a week and have a nice sized water dish that remains full at all times. The enclosure should be larger than average for the size of spider to prevent the air around the animal from becoming stagnant. Keeping them too wet or too dry will kill them.
If you are a lover of arboreals, this is a rare gem, and a must for your collection..
From HeartlandInvert Aug 29 2014 12:51AM