Colombian Giant Redleg (Megaphobema robustum)

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The Colombian Giant Redleg tarantula comes from the tropical rainforests of Colombia and Brazil. Considered an average sized species they reach sizes of 6″ to 8″ in leg span at full growth. Known for their velevet black and red colors they are most definitely a beautiful species. They are fairly quick growers with males reaching maturity within 3 to 5 years and females growing to be up to 15 years old. 

Megaphobema RobustumMegaphobema Robustum

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Habitat: The Colombian Giant Redleg is a terrestrial tarantula but can be an obligate burrower. Though their sizes can differ and mature species can be anywhere between 6″ to 8″ we recommend you keep them at full growth in a 10 gallon tank. Make sure you have at least 6″ of substrate to allow your tarantula to burrow should it feel the need to in addition to having a nice startup hide for it. As slings these can be kept in vial and later on a deli cup. Though the more hardier of Megaphobema sp. we recommend you keep the Megaphobema robustum at a slight lower temperature as most tarantulas. We recommend temperatures of 75°F to 84°F with a humidity of 70 to 85%. They do not do well with higher temperatures and a close eye on them should be kept. As always an overflowing water dish should always be kept in the enclosure.

 

Feeding: Overall great eaters we recommend flightless fruitflies when small slings and later switching it over to small pinhead crickets. Feel free to crush their heads to prevent them hurting your spiderling. You can feed your Megaphobema robustum a mixed variety of crickets, roaches, meal worms and locusts. Be careful of your tarantula being in pre-molt and not wanting to eat. If prey is not eaten within 24 hours of being placed in the enclosure feel free to remove and leave your tarantula alone for at least 1 week as she or he can be ready to molt.

 

Attitude: Though not aggressive, Megaphobema robustum have urticating hairs which they carry in both their abdomen and back legs. As a defense mechanism they tend to raise their abdomen and flick off a lot of urticating hairs compared to many other species. A fairly shy tarantula they prefer to run then to to show threat posture. They can bite, though harmless, can be equivalent to a bee sting.

 

A great tarantula overall and definitely should be part of any collection!

 

Flame Rump Tree Spider (Thrixopelma ockerti)

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The Flame Rump Tree Spider or Thrixopelma ockerti is a semi-arboreal tarantula from Peru. They are somewhat rare as they are very hard to breed. Adults have a dark blueish grey body color with a reddish colored rump. As spiderlings they tend to be more brown and green in color with a golden red rump. Their abdomen almost have an elongated shape. The Flame Rump Tree Spider grows to be about 5 to 6 inches in length with females outliving males. Not much is known as to how old they grow to be but it is assumed that females will live to be 10 to 15 years old while males tend to live to be 3 to 4 years.

Thrixopelma ockerti

 

Habitat: This one is a weird one. Because they are semi-arboreal your enclosure needs to be both tall and wide. At full growth your enclosure will need about 18 inches in height and 12 inches in length. This will allow your tarantula to climb and roam the enclosure as s/he seems fit. As spiderlings they have been known to burrow but a vial with enough substrate and small piece of twig or bark should be perfect. For substrate we recommend coconut fiber kept somewhat damp. This tarantula does well with low humidity. Temperature should be kept between 65° to 85° F with a humidity of about 60%. Make sure to always keep a water dish overfilled in the enclosure at all times. Being that this tarantula does not spend all its time climbed up you can keep the water dish on the ground.

 

Feeding: This tarantula is a very hardy eater. As spiderlings we feed them small pinhead crickets with their heads crushed in to prevent them from harming the slings. As juveniles and all the way into adulthood they can be kept on a great diet of roaches, worms, crickets, locusts and a variety of other insects.

 

Attitude: The Peruvian Flame Rump Tree Spider is quite docile. It can be extremely skittish and you can expect it to flick a lot of urticating hairs. The Perucian Flame Rump Tree Spider can bite and this can cause some discomfort. The bite is not medically significant and at most can be compared to a bee sting.

 

This is a collector’s dream tarantula and can be great for any beginner. It is always out and about showing off its amazing looks and is incredibly docile. We of course always recommend not handling the tarantula if you do not need to.

Venezuelan Suntiger Tarantula (Psalmopoeus irminia)

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This New World (NW) species comes from Venezuela though recently they have been found all the way in Brazil as well. The Venezuelan Suntiger tarantula is an arboreal species that is a crowd favorite due to its vibrant black coloring with orange chevron marks on its legs and an orange tiger-stripe design on their abdomen. This tarantula experience sexual dimorphism where females are usually bigger and more of a velvet black and sharp orange coloring while males are smaller and are a bit more faded/lighter in color. This is an average size tarantula that at full growth will end up being about 6 inches in size.

 

Psalmopoeus irminia

 

Habitat: Because they are tree dwelling spiders your enclosure should be taller with not so much floor space. As spiderlings you can keep them in a small vial with a twig or stick for them to climb up on. At full growth we recommend the most you needing being an 8″ x 8″ wide enclosure that is about 14″ tall. As they like to climb you should also add a decent sized vertical piece of bark with a water dish glued somewhere about 3″ to 4″ from the top. Place the cork bark in about 3″ of substrate. We recommend using coconut fiber such as eco-earth for its high resistance to mold. The Venezuelan Suntiger strives on temperatures of 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit with at least 70% humidity. They tend to web up and create thick tube webs in their enclosure and might even end up living somewhere at the base of their bark.

 

Feeding:  As slings we recommend small pinhead crickets with their heads crushed off. As most tarantulas the Venezuelan Suntiger can live off of a steady diet of crickets, roaches, locusts, moths and worms. They are great eaters and are fast to pounce on their prey. Be cautious when opening their enclosure to feed them.

 

Attitude: Though a New World species, this tarantula does not have any urticating hairs. It is extremely defensive and relies solely on its speed and bite when threatened. We do not recommend this tarantula to inexperienced keepers. We also advise you to not handle a Suntiger tarantula because of these reasons.