Trinidad Chevron Tarantula

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Scientific name: Psalmopoeus Cambridgei

The basics:
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

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