Category Archives: *profiles

Profiles are species info sheets with quick facts about natural habitat, range, diet, growth rate, and other husbandry requirements.

Tarantula Profile: Stromatopelma sp.

Maximum Size

  • Females can reach up to 13 – 18 cm / 5 – 7 inches.
  • Fast growth rate.

Visibility

  • Reclusive, will remain hidden until it detects a disturbance. 

Temperament

  • Proactively Defensive (Aggressive), will go out of its way to fend you off, teleports, and bites without hesitation.

Habitat

  • Old World (West Africa) Arboreal, but also digs significant tunnels.
  • Thrives at warmer temperatures, but tolerates domestic climates.
  • Thrives with some humidity if fed sparingly, otherwise substrate can be kept bone-dry if consistent water and food are provided.

Hide Construction

  • While juveniles prefer to burrow and are extremely reclusive, subadults and older will appreciate a more vertical space. Hides that provide maximum darkness are ideal. 

(Last reviewed March 2014)

Tarantula Profile: Poecilotheria sp.

Maximum Size

  • Females can reach up to 20 – 23 cm / 8 – 10 inches.
  • Fast growth rate, males mature in 1.5 – 2 years.

Visibility

  • Somewhat Reclusive

Temperament

  • Defensive or quick to flee, but generally mild mannered if unprovoked.

Habitat

  • Old World Arboreal, but juveniles remain close to the ground, burrow, and add substrate to hides of their own construction.
  • Most species thrive at warmer temperatures, but tolerates domestic climates. P. rufilata, P. smithi, and P. subfusca do best when kept without (or with minimal) supplemental heating, at room temperature.
  • Thrives with light to moderate humidity, substrate should not be kept bone-dry. P. fasciata and P. regalis are from dry climates and are more tolerant.

Hide Construction

  • Adults prefer to hide in a space where they can rest vertically on a surface, so provide upright hiding places where they can retreat from light. Juveniles will remain less visible, hiding themselves in a dirt covered web, sometimes below the substrate. A shorter piece of cork bark at a less than upright angle is perfect.

(Last reviewed March 2014)

Tarantula Profile: Lampropelma sp.

Maximum Size

  • Males mature around 9 – 14 cm / 3.5 – 5 inches
  • Females mature around 12 – 13 cm, but can reach up to 14 – 20 cm / 5 – 7.5 inches.
  • Moderate growth rate.

Visibility

  • Reclusive, prefers extreme dark if it has the opportunity. 

Temperament

  • Defensive, will stand her ground.

Habitat

  • Old World & Arboreal, but also digs significant tunnels.
  • Thrives at warmer temperatures, but tolerates domestic climates.
  • Thrives with some humidity, substrate should not be kept bone-dry.

Hide Construction

  • This T is found in trees, but seems to prefer burrowing in captivity because it creates a darker home. Provide a hide that keeps out light, although she’ll probably still choose to dig her own hide under/behind it.

(Last reviewed March 2014)