Mike's Basic Tarantula
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Habitat: Savannahs The climate of Paraguay is subtropical. The average temperatures range from about 17°C (about 63°F) in July to about 27°C (about 80°F) in January. In the Chaco and other points to the north temperatures often reach 38°C (100°F). Annual rainfall averages 815 mm (32 in) in the Gran Chaco, and some 1,525 mm (60 in) in the eastern forest regions. The Chaco has heavy rainfall in the summer and almost no rain in the winter. I keep my Pink Beauty at 80°F and the humidity is kept at 70%. This is done by dampening one-half of the substrate in the terrarium by overflowing the water dish then I allow it to dry out.
Temp/humidity: I keep this species at 78°F (25.°C)
Enclosure: Use an terrarium that will allow at least four inches of substrate Substrate: I use four inches 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 spiderling fruit flies, than when she reached 1/2" (1.27cm) I introduced baby crickets. I give my adult Pink Beauty 2- one inch (2.54cm) B. dubia roaches or 5 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, even though after seven years, I have never seen mine drink, and it always fill the water dish with substrate. I also dampen one-half of the substrate in the terrarium by overflowing the water dish then I allow it to dry out.
Growth Rate:The growth rate for this species is medium. With proper heating and feeding it will reach the 3.5" (8.89cm) mark within a two year time.
Adult Size: This species may attain a leg length of five inches (12.7cm)
Temperament: This is the most docile tarantula I ever owned. I can pick it up, flip it on its back, grab it by the legs, it just won't bite. She always go with me to schools for display and interaction with children, under supervision.
Comments: This tarantula is truly a PET TARANTULA! If you want to introduce a child to a arachnid, this is the one. It is also a fine looking tarantula with interesting markings.
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