Other common names: Andean Stripeleg Tarantula; Peru Giant Stripe Knee Tarantula; Peruvian Goliath Stripe-leg Tarantula; Orange Striped Bird Eater Tarantula; Goliath Stripeleg Tarantula; Peruvian Goliath Striped Knee Bird Eater Tarantula
Scientific name: Lasiodorides striatus
The Stripeleg Tarantula is a terrestrial New World species native to Peru. It is a large spider, and can reach 7-8 inches in leg-span. Lasiodorides striatus is an unusual species in the hobby.
Appearance / health:
Stripeleg Tarantulas have dark-brown or black bodies, with orange / brown stripes on their legs.
Behavior / temperament:
The Stripeleg Tarantula is typically calm and non-aggressive, but it can kick urticating hairs if disturbed.
75F during the day with humidity at around 75%.
successful egg hatching, overall dark coloration, large
possible climbing issues, special environmental requirements
Beautiful but rare!
Pros: Large, beautiful coloration, always out, usually active, no special environmental requirements, not prone to hair kicking or biting
Cons: Difficult to acquire, expensive to purchase, skittish, possible climbing issues, difficult to find mates
My stripeleg tarantula (Gabrielle) was my first pet tarantula. I bought her at a pet store in West Texas thinking she was a Costa Rican Stripe Knee tarantula (Aphonopelma seemani) for, I believe, about $25. She has been an adult for entire time that I've had her (12-14 years). I didn't start keeping any kind of records on her feeding, growth, and development until the last few years. According to what I have read about the species, their life span is believed to be around 15 years, so she is getting up there. I find the species combination of large, robust body structure with the overall dark coloration and the orangish/tan leg striping very attractive, especially right after a molt when they are almost jet black. As time passes from the molt, their color slowly fades to a chocolate brown. They are slow growers. My adult has grown at most an inch in the time that I've had her. At least as adults, they aren't aggressive feeders. She took no more than 2 crickets a week and now she rarely eats more than one. She isn't what I'd call defensive. She's never given me a threat display or attempted to bite and she rarely kicks hairs, but she is fairly skittish. If I do anything in her cage, she will usually find her way to the other end. For a large spider, they can be deceptively fast. As for handleability, I've only handled her on two occasions. I always felt that she was too large, skittish, and fast for me to handle her safely. The two occasions that I did handle her were quite accidental on both our parts and apparently she did not enjoy the experience. This leads me to the only difficulty I've had in keeping her. She loves to climb the walls of her cage. Normally this is not a huge problem, but Gabrielle always seems to find a way to get herself stuck in a way that she can't get herself down without help. I'll come home from work and find her dangling from the lid of her cage with her claw stuck in the mesh or hanging on the side of the tank with her claws hooked over the lip struggling for traction. I've tried many different set ups to prevent this, but she always seems to find a way. Then I have to carefully open the top and put something under her to lift her up so I can get her unstuck. Times that I've attempted to to lift her with my hand were not appreciated. I have recently purchased a new lid that I hope will fix this problem. Now for the biggest problem with owning this species: finding one. I have been searching for two years to find another confirmed L. striatus for sale in the US. I know of a few other owners who have attempted and failed with breeding. I have found one for sale, but the dealer for some reason refuses to send me a picture so that I can confirm its identity. Imports from Peru do come into the US, but for some reason L. striatus does not seem to be among them. They are more common in Europe and I know of at least one successful egg hatching, but they do not export to the US. If you do find an L. striatus, expect to pay in the area of $200 for it. I've had offers of $250 for mine. Of course, if you do come across one for sale, I'd prefer you shoot me a line ASAP so I can snap it up.
From natebugman Jan 5 2012 3:27PM