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Acanthoscurria chacoana
Common name: Bolivian Pink
Indigenous: Bolivia
Habitat: Although situated entirely within the tropics, Bolivia has, as a result of its varied elevation, a wide range of climate. In the higher regions the climate is cold and dry. In the lower-lying regions the climate is warmer. The mean annual temperatures range from 8°C (47°F) in the Altiplano to 26°C (79°F) in the eastern lowlands.
Temp/humidity: 70°-80° (21.1°-26.6°C)/65-75% humidity
Enclosure: Spiderling to two inches (2"), Three inches until adulthood I use a terrarium that will allow at least four inches (10.16cm) of substrate
Substrate: I use four inches (10.16cm) of substrate. (I use a mixture of peat moss, vermiculite, coconut fiber and dirt for firmness, as the substrate).
Retreat/Hide: Place a bark for a starter burrow hide
Food Consumption: I fed my new born spiderlings fruit flies. After they reached 1/2" (1.27cm) I introduced baby crickets. My adult Bolivian Pink, I give two dubia roaches or eight adult crickets weekly. This species, I found to be an aggressive good eater, and attacks its prey with a vengeance. I also give her one pinkie-mouse or a house gecko once a year for variety.
Water Requirements: I keep a water dish in the tank, even though I have never seen mine drink. I also dampen one-half of the substrate in the terrarium by overflowing the water dish, than I allow it to dry out.
Growth Rate: The growth rate for this species is fast. With proper temperature and feeding, it can attain a leg length of four inches (10.16cm) in the first year.
Adult Size: This species may attain a leg length of six (6) to seven (7) inches (15.24-17.78cm).
Temperament: This is a rather bold tarantula and is not skittish.
Comments: This is an aggressive eating T. They will never refused a meal unless near a molt. This will be a good addition to your collection. It is charcoal grey with red hairs on the abdomen and is heavy built; a beautiful contrasting color after a fresh molt. It is also a good display tarantula. Once it reaches about three inches in leg length, it rarely uses the hide. This tarantula is easy to care for.
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