Other common names: Venezuelan Suntiger Tarantula
Scientific name: Psalmopoeus irminia
The Suntiger Tarantula is an arboreal species which is native to Guyana, Brazil and Venezuela. They come from densely gorwn areas, usually in very humid conditions. It is a large breed and can reach a length of up to 6 inches.
Appearance / health:
The Suntiger Tarantula has hairy legs and is typically dark in color with a black carapace. Males are slightly lighter colored than females. Female Suntigers have a striking coloration with bright orange chevrons on their long legs and a tiger stripe design on its abdomen.
Behavior / temperament:
The Suntiger Tarantula has an aggressive temperament and is quite skittish and unpredictable and quick. This species is not recommended for inexperienced owners.
Being an arboreal species, it requires a tall enclosure where height is more important than floor space. The habitat should have approximately 2 inches of substrate, and branches, cork bark etc. to allow it to climg. something to allow it to climb. It has a tendency to web up the enclosure.
active., hobby classic, bright orange markings, weaves hammocks, coolest arboreal spiders
aggressive, painful bite, little bit hotter
new world spider, Vertical enclosure.Good eater, molt cycle, average NW animal
Venezuelan Sun Tiger
One of the coolest arboreal spiders out there. It is a new world spider with old world charm, reminiscent of the Ornamental Tarantulas, they don't possess urticating hairs, and may be a little bit hotter than most tarantulas in the tropics. They move like lightning, and strike without hesitation. I would recommend these spiders to anyone but please keep your paws to yourself with this one..
From Alan Jose Fleming Jul 19 2013 8:12AM
I don't know if its just the slings, but in my many years of T keeping, I've found these guys incredibly difficult to keep healthy. I've never managed to raise one to maturity nor have I gotten one already in adult stage. They just seem to be resistant to everything. This is a shame, because they are gorgeous Ts. I wish I had more to say about them, but it is what it is. This is why I say it is definitely not a T for beginners, and only for experts. If you're getting them as spiderlings, anyway. .
From arachnamancer Mar 3 2017 3:51AM
Purchasing this spider was a mistake. The pet store where I regularly bought feeder mice for another animal happened to be displaying a small terrarium labeled “suntiger” one day beside the cash register. Intrigued, I asked the store owner a little about the pet. He told me it was a rare Venezuelan species which they had come into possession of and I thought, why not…”
Upon bringing the animal home I decided to do a (belated) internet search on the species, expecting to find warm reviews related to how fun it is to have him crawl around on your hand. Instead I saw clear warnings to make no attempt to handle this animal without professional experience or supervision. This species is very fast, very aggressive, very venomous and can jump to spine-tingling heights. The pet store owner didn’t want her back.
She ate crickets, which I tentatively dropped into the hatch of her cage, and lived for a little over three months. Despite my best efforts to match the humidity from her home region I was unable to provide a livable habitat. She continued to grow—past the size of the exoskeleton which she was unable to shed—and was presumably crushed by her shell.
Though she was beautiful indeed, a jet-black predator with striking beams of iridescence when observed in the right light (hence the name), I do not and cannot recommend an animal like this to amateur spider handlers. In my opinion this species belongs deep in the rainforest, far from where it can jump on fragile, venom-susceptible humans..
From StevenHickey Apr 28 2015 6:25PM