Category Archives: Lampropelma Sp.

Collection Reduction

In order to focus on my Brazilian boa breeding ambitions more seriously, I’ve decided to reduce my tarantula collection. I found a fellow enthusiast on Craig’s List who was happy to have all the individuals I’d tagged for re-homing.

I’m disappointed to see the spiders go, but the boas are a larger priority. Maybe I will be more inclined to keep up with this blog with a smaller collection. Ha! More likely, this will become a blog about my pets in general. Oh well. I had good intentions when I started. =P

Borneo Black [004] July 2014 Monthly Update

Molt: July 18, 2014 @ 127 days.

She had been eating less between this and her last molt, which can account for the longer instar. I have not made a point to feed her aggressively. She is one of my less predictable specimens and I’m not anxious to have her at an adult size.

Borneo Black [004] March2014 Monthly Update

She totally molted! What a beautiful species. Too bad she’s so reclusive and hides herself as much as possible even when I’ve herded her into the open. I managed to get some decent pictures this time around. I knew she was getting ready for a molt because she wasn’t eating her crickets.

After the photo shoot, I gave her a lot more substrate.

Molt (2): March 13, 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.


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


  • Defensive, will stand her ground.


  • 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)

Acquired: Borneo Black [004 Elvira]

I’d been eyeing her at my local shop, and finally brought her home on November 22, 2013 after I’d done adequate research. At 1.75 – 2 inches, she is reclusive, never seen. She remains burrowed into the substrate with a significant tunnel system running the perimeter of the canister, and just a little bit up one corner behind a plant.
She is impossible to tease out without destroying her home entirely. I never see
her eat. I never know if the small crickets I put into her canister are eaten or if they escape through the ventilation holes.

Molt (1): December 29, 2013 @ 37 days from acquisition

Re-did her enclosure in early January 2014, added a cocofiber (climbable) tunnel, which she ignored and dug all around. She prefers complete darkness.

After not feeding her for two to three weeks in hopes of luring her out, I finally dropped in a cricket. She came out cautiously, but immediately. She snagged it and retreated into her burrow. Her tiger stripes are very visible and her front legs remain black. According to sexual dimorphism in this species, I have confirmed her a female. Males’ front legs start to lighten by the time stripes are visible on their abdomens.