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Sangihe Island Black Tarantula

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Scientific name: Lampropelma nigerrimum

The basics:
The Sangihe Island Black Tarantula is a large arboreal tarantula species which is native to tropical forests in Indonesia.

Appearance / health:
This is a large arboreal species, with legspans reaching upwards of 6-7". Females are an overall dark grey to black with faint black striping on the abdomen and a purple sheen in the right light. Males stay a tan to brown color with black markings and mature with an overall tan to green coloration.

Behavior / temperament:
Fast, and moderately defensive, depending on the individual. These possess medically significant venom. These will bite with provocation. Not for handling.

Housing:
Large arboreal enclosure.
This species requires height as well as burrowing space. They should be kept fairly humid, with good air flow as well. In the wild, it is not uncommon to find them nesting in abandoned tree hollows or at tree bases, so they should be given the opportunity to choose whether to climb or burrow.

Diet:
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, mealworms. Breeding:
Moderately difficult - females need to be of adequate size, and environmental triggers may be needed to encourage sac production.

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