Mike's Basic Tarantula
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Habitat: Dry shrubland, The climate of Venezuela is tropical on the Llanos and along the coast and temperate in the mountainous regions. The average daily temperature range in January is 15° to 26°C (59° to 78°F) in Caracas and 23° to 32°C (73° to 90°F) in Maracaibo; in July the range is 17° to 26°C (63° to 80°F) in Caracas and 24° to 34°C (76° to 94°F) in Maracaibo. Most precipitation falls from May through November, with the northern mountain slopes receiving less rain than those on the south.
Temp/humidity: I keep this species temperature between 78°- 82°F and the humidity at 60%. This species prefer the substrate dry.
Enclosure: 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).
Food Consumption: I fed my new born spiderlings fruit flies, than when they reached 1/2" (1.27cm), I introduced baby crickets. My Green Bottle Blue, I give two (2) - one inch (2.54cm) B. dubia roaches or 7 adult crickets weekly. This species is a good eater. 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. I have never seen this tarantula drink water.
Growth Rate: The growth rate of this species is medium. I purchased this tarantula as a juvenile of one inch (2.54cm) . After the first year, she had grown to two and one-half inches (3.81cm). With constant feeding, and with temperatures in the low 80's, they will reach a size of four inches within three years.
Adult Size: They get five inches (12.7cm). My girl is a solid five inches (12.7cm).
Temperament: This is a docile species but some what skittish, yet it has never kicked hair at me, neither has she shown a threat pose. It is more on the skittish side.
Comments: This is a delightful species to own. The legs on this spider are iridescent blue, with a green carapace. The abdomen is reddish orange, which make it an attractive specie. It is a prolific webber and a opportunistic burrower. The care for this species is straight forward. This is a colorful, hardy addition to a collection.
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