Other common names: Venezuelan Redstripe Tarantula
Scientific name: Avicularia minatrix
The Venezuelan Red Stripe Tarantula is an arboreal species which is native to tropical forests of Venezuela, South America.
Appearance / health:
3-4" DLS (diagonal leg span), maximum. This is one of the smallest species in the genus. They are characterized by a brick red carapace, and overall brick red coloring, with a striped abdomen.
Behavior / temperament:
Fast and skittish, but usually docile.
Arboreal housing (more height than floor space). Provide a medium arboreal enclosure, with plenty of air flow and steady (but not swampy) humidity.
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, mealworms.
Somewhat challenging, especially compared to others in the genus.
great little addition, semi dwarf spider, good beginner Tarantula
husbandry requirements, fast speeds
Venezualen Red Stripe
The Venezuelan Red Stripe tarantula is a small, slow growing spider with fast speeds. They keep their colors/patterns throughout their life, unlike other Avicularias. They do build a lot of webs, but again, not as often as other Avic.'s such as the A. Versicolor. I do find these little spiders to be very interesting and entertaining to watch. Would make for a good beginner Tarantula for sure. They are also docile so handling is possible..
From VapinOnCloud9 Apr 15 2015 6:02PM
If you like the genus Avicularia, or just arboreal tarantulas in general, this is a great little addition to have.
A. minatrix is a semi dwarf spider in terms of size - adult females reach maybe 4" if they're lucky. Males mature much smaller. They're a brilliant brick red in color, even as babies, with thick striping on the abdomen. They're probably the only Avicularia to keep the majority of their coloration from spiderling to adult.
They're usually fairly docile, though they are fast and spook easy. I don't personally handle mine, but I'm sure you could if you were patient and careful.
Like most Avics, these are rather fragile in terms of husbandry requirements. An adequate balance of humidity and airflow must be achieved for them to survive and thrive. Therefore, they're not always for beginners. Please do your research and have an adequate enclosure for one of these beauties before acquiring one..
From HeartlandInvert Sep 8 2014 5:24PM