Scientific name: Psalmopoeus Cambridgei
The Trinidad Chevron Tarantula is an arboreal tarantula which is native to the West Indies islands such as Trinidad and Tobago. They are found in silk tubes spun by themselves usually in tree bark, or in curled leaves.
Psalmopoeus Cambridgei is a very quick and somewhat aggressive tarantula, and has potent venom. For this reason the Trinidad Chevron Tarantula is considered to be strictly a display tarantula.
Appearance / health:
The overall body color on this tarantula is usually an olive green to a light fawn/brown color. The abdomen has distinctive black stripes or chevrons going across it. They will reach an adult size of about 6 inches.
Behavior / temperament:
This is a very fast and very shy tarantula. They are almost always in a nervous state which makes them skittish. They are known to be semi-aggressive. Handling these tarantulas is not recommended unless needed. Definitely not a beginners tarantula and should only be kept by experienced keepers.
Any tall tank for height will do for this tarantula. A simple 10 gallon tank turned on the side to provide height will work fine. Spiderlings and younger tarantulas may live in pill bottles or other clear plastic containers until they are big enough for the adult enclosure.
Like most tree dwellers, this tarantula needs high temperatures and humidity. The temperature range should be between 75-80F with humidity levels of 75-85%. Substrate should be 3-5 inches deep and should be a mix of vermiculite, peat moss, potting soil, or other substrates. Substrate should be misted 2-3 times a week to help keep the humidity levels up. A water dish is a must and should be provided in a shallow bowl or dish. Tank décor to be added should be items that will allow this tarantula to climb and spin webs to hide. Cork bark, branches, fake plants and other items may be used, but make sure it’s completely secured and will not injure the spider.
Adults will take most any insect including crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers, moths, etc. Larger adults may be offered a pinkie mouse occasionally. Spiderlings and younger tarantulas may take fruit flies, mini mealworms, and pin head crickets.
interesting display animal, Interesting display tarantula, great feeding responses
temperament, dull looking tarantula
New World tarantulas, underrated tarantulas, elaborate hides, good appetites
Easy Arboreal for Seasoned Keepers
Ah the Cambridgei. I have a love/hate relationship with these guys. I have always gotten them as slings, and they are surprisingly easy to raise and to keep healthy, but they are JERKS. The Ts that I've had in this species tend to be aggressive moreso than just defensive, and I really wouldn't want to get bit by one of these guys as their venom is known to be more potent than most new world Ts. Not fun. That's one reason I say its hard to say whether I would recommend this T to a beginner keeper. Yes, they are easy to raise and don't take a TON of effort to keep healthy, but theyre not something you'd want to end up having to handle in a situation where they managed to escape, or if you decided you wanted to handle a T to show a friend, etc. I suppose I would say OK for a beginner if you are going to ALWAYS keep them in the enclosure and on lock down, but otherwise for a more seasoned keeper. I do have to say though, they are a really pretty species, the ones I've kept ranging from olive greens to greys to dusty brown and even slight purple shades. They really like to web up their enclosure too, so they are fun to observe. .
From arachnamancer Mar 3 2017 4:04AM
This is one of the more underrated tarantulas in the hobby, as they are quite common, and often given away by breeders/dealers.
P. cambridgei is one of the largest (if not THE largest) in the genus that's currently available to keepers. Adult females can reach 6" or more. They are an overall mossy green color, with hints of orange on the the feet and faint chevron like striping on the abdomen.
These are New World spiders, so they do not possess medically significant venom, however, bites are still reported to be quite painful. They are also quick to defend themselves, and are fast and unpredictable, so handling them is not advised.
This species makes an interesting display animal as they dig down in the substrate with their webbing in addition to being arboreal. They're fairly heavily bodied, and impressive looking as adults, and boast great feeding responses, so even though they are common, they are a great addition to any collection and observer..
From HeartlandInvert Sep 8 2014 4:35PM