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Rio Grande Gold Tarantula

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Scientific name: Aphonopelma moderatum

The basics:
The Rio Grande Gold Tarantula is a New World terrestrial tarantula which is native to west Texas. Rio Grand Gold Tarantulas are nocturnal, and like to burrow deep into the substrate, spending most of their time in tunnels.

Appearance / health:
The Rio Grande Gold Tarantula generally grows up to 4 1/2 inches. The body is a light brown or tan coloration and the legs are a much lighter blonde or gold color. The species is sexually dimorphic, with males being smaller and darker, and the females larger with brighter colors.

Housing:
A five-gallon terrarium with an escape proof lid would be appropriate for one individual. A hide area should be provided.

Humidity levels must be kept up around 60-70% 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.

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