Spring Valley, Ohio, United States
Posted Dec 10, 2010
First, I want to start by saying the Avicularia versicolor is my absolute favorite species of tarantula. They are gorgeous, fairly easy to care for and not typically aggressive. They reach a nice size of around 4-5" adult length and are arboreal by nature.
I find that my versi is extremely easy to care for. She isn't demanding at all, feeds well and requires little to no maintenance. Versis have a reputation for being more difficult to keep alive, I think this mostly stems from people not keeping them moist enough. I mist my tarantula's habitat very well once a day to make sure she has enough moisture to thrive. I raised her from a 1/2" sling and she is now around 3" long with her adult colors in. I maintain her on a diet of dubia roaches, but they also do well on crickets.
I've handled her only a few times, she is very docile and never offers to bite, but she is VERY fast. The last time I had her out she darted up my arm and onto my back where I couldn't reach her, so my fiance (who is terrified of spiders!) had to help me get her off. I don't find it necessary to hold her, since tarantulas aren't really animals that are to be played with. This species is mainly a display tarantula more than anything else IMO.
I wouldn't recommend a versicolor as a first tarantula, but after some experience with easier species I say go for it. As long as you research on their care and keep them moist enough they will thrive.