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)

Featherleg Baboon [003] Feb2014 Monthly Update

I still haven’t witnessed the legendary crazy-ass-aggression that is the trademark of this species. My assumption is that they grow into it, but at about an inch, my cobalt blue already displays her nasty attitude… Mr. Nugs is almost 3 inches… ?


Anyway, I swapped out his enclosure with Romeo’s 1 gal container, so that Mr. Nugs had the larger one. I don’t want to do any more transfers, so this is his permanent home.


This rehouse went very smoothly. I carefully pulled out all the decor in his previous home, leaving only his log, where he was hiding. Then, gently lifted it out and placed it inside the new cage. I closed it up, and through the grated cage top, prodded him out of his log. He ran right to the new coco-fiber hide, so I opened the access door and lifted out his old hide.

Monthly Summary: February 2014

Many of my specimens have not had any noteworthy changes or events this month, but you can follow the links to individuals who do have updates below.

A. diversipes Amazon Sapphire Pinktoe
     [012]: Nothing to report.
B. smithi  Mexican Redknee
     [010]: Feb Monthly Update
C. fimbriatus  Indian Violet
     [005]: Nothing to report.
     [006]: Nothing to report.
H. lividum  Cobalt Blue
     [011]Feb Monthly Update
Lampropelma sp. “Borneo Black”
     Elvira [004]: Nothing to report.
L. parahybana  Salmon Pink Birdeater
     [014]: Nothing to report.
P. metallica  Gooty Sapphire Ornamental
     [007]: Feb Monthly Update
P. rufilata  Red Slate Ornamental
    [002]: Feb Monthly Update
P. subfusca (aka. bara)  Ivory Ornamental
    [013]Feb Monthly Update
P. irminia  Venezuelan Suntiger
    Romeo [001]: Feb Monthly Update
    Juliet [008]: Nothing to report.
P. murinus  Orange Baboon
    Billie [009]: Nothing to report.
S. calceatum  Featherleg Baboon
    Mr. Nugs [003]: Feb Monthly Update

Mexican Redknee [010] Feb2014 Monthly Update

She looks much brighter since her molt on the last day of January, and very easy to handle so long as I remember she kicks hairs when the lid to her pot is first opened. She’s definitely a “safe” spider to keep.

Red Slate Ornamental [002] Feb2014 Monthly Update

This little darling is doing great. I can’t believe how fast she’s growing. Poeci‘s are wonderful that way. She’s just shy of 3 inches, but her length is mostly legs. The genus’ body size is significantly smaller than a Psalmopoeus of equal measurement. Her colors came in nicely at her last molt, which was on the first of the month.

As for her temperament, she is no longer content to sit still when I pick up her pot, and runs around like a bloody fool, same as my P. metallica. After a few laps, she eventually makes her way into her log.

Those gorgeous pink hairs are really apparent now.
Front legs and markings.

Acquired: Featherleg Baboon [Mr. Nugs 003]

My Stromatopelma calceatum is a trophy tarantula. Ever terrified of the species, I realized I would never be able to keep the dangerous spiders unless I actually brought one home, so that’s exactly what I did.


I wanted experience with a Strom as a badge of honor, and honestly because they’re bad ass. I hoped to God this particular specimen would turn out to be male, lessening my term of commitment to him. Not only that, but the males are prettier, I think.

As the 3rd addition to my revived collection, Mr. Nugs came home on November 11, 2013 at about 1.75 inches.

Molt (1): December 16, 2013 @ 35 days from acquisition
2.2 inches

Molt(2): January 23, 2014 @ 38 days from previous molt
2.8 inches, probably male from molt examination

The day he came home.

Acquired: Red Slate Ornamental [002]

Brought this little wonder home from a reptile expo on November 9, 2013. Poecilotheria rufilata is the species I knew I absolutely wanted in my new collection as I jumped back into the hobby: an Old World arboreal that prefers cooler temperatures compared to other Poeci’s. And they are so visually unique in their genus, adult females being easily identified.

I am hesitant to measure her at a whole inch because she’s so leggy. So I pegged her at 0.75 inches. She has molted three times with me so far.

Molt (1): November 16, 2013 @ 7 days from acquisition
1 inch

Molt (2): December 23, 2013 @ 37 days
1.3 inches

Molt (3): February 1, 2014 @ 40 days
1.75 inches

Here she is the day I brought her home.

Minutes after her first molt.


Gooty Sapphire [007] Feb2014 Monthly Update

Awfully large and elongated abdomen, but hasn’t darkened / gone to pre-molt yet as of the 7th. I’ve fed my collection less these recent weeks because of the cooler temperatures. They don’t seem to have the appetite, and this particular T is always overly timid around prey items. 

She seemed darker on the 24th and looks about ready to burst out of her skin, literally… haha! Cheesy, I know. =/ I can’t seem to give her a hide she likes, so I keep her in the back of my collection where there’s less light. 

Ven. Suntiger [Romeo 001] Feb2014 Monthly Update

His home was too big (large Kritter Keeper), so I rehoused Romeo in a 1gal canister. He swapped enclosures with Mr. Nugs so I could transfer a pre-aggressive S.cal into his permanent home. This smaller enclosure is more suited to his docile (for a suntiger) and reclusive nature. The transfer went smoothly. He was coaxed out the side retreat of his hide and into a cup by slow & gentle use of a long paintbrush. He moved slowly and made no threats- He’s a good boy. =)