Posted Sep 08, 2014
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.