Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Apr 30, 2014
This is one of the most spectacular of all spiders, in my opinion.
As spiderlings, they are a brilliant blue and as adults they are vibrant shades of reds, greens, purples, and blues.
They are docile, but skittish. These spiders will tolerate some handling, but not too much.
As they are native to tropical regions, they need constant humidity of 75-80% and a consistent temperature of 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit. It's imortant to have circulating air as mold is a killer of these guys.
They need a cage larger in height for burrowing. Put in some branches or cork bark and this tarantula will spin quite an impressive thick web.
Other than ensuring proper temperature and humidity, this species is quite easy to care for. Spiderlings eat flightless fruit flies, pinhead crickets and small insects. Adult spiders eat crickets and roaches.
Tarantulas with leg spans of 3" or more can use a shallow dish for water.
Adult Antilles Pinktoe Tarantulas reach a leg span of 5-6" and are spectacular to view. I ended up being grateful for my boss telling me to care for this critter.