Mike's Basic Tarantula
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Habitat: savanna, scrubland
Temp/humidity: 70°-85° (21.1°-29.4°C) degrees/65%-80% humidity; I keep this species temperature at 80° (26.6°C) and the humidity at 65-70%. I wet one half side of the terrarium where the water dish is then allow it to dry out completely.
Enclosure: Use a spiderling vial that will allow at least three inches 7.62cm) of substrate for burrowing and four inches (10.16cm) as sub-adult-adult. Substrate: I use three inches (7.62cm) of substrate in vial and four inches (10.16cm) in terrarium. (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. This is an opportunistic burrower. When they reach three inches (7.62cm), they stay out in the open more than in their hide, which make them a good display tarantula
Food Consumption: I first fed her fruit flies, than when she reached 1/2" 1.27cm) I introduced baby crickets. I give my Mexican Black Velvet (2) B. dubia roaches or ten (10) - adult crickets weekly. This species is a excellent eater.
Water Requirements: I keep a water dish in the tank. I have never seen mine drink. Growth Rate: The growth rate of this species is medium. I purchased my girls as spiderlings of 1/2" (1.27cm) in size. After the first year she had grown to one and a half inch (3.81cm). With constant feeding and with temperatures in the low to mid 80's, they reached a size of three inches (7.62cm) within three years.
Adult Size: I read that they don't grow as large as the other Brachys. Mine has grown to four inches (10.16cm) after six (6) years
Temperament: This is a docile species. It has never kicked hair at me nor given a threat pose.
Comments: This is a stocky, medium built tarantula. It is easy to care for. After a fresh molt it is solid black. This species is not often seen in the hobby for sale.
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