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Species Care Sheet (categories)
Antilles Birdeater (Caribena versicolor) NW
Togo Starburst Baboon (Heteroscodra maculata) OW
Sangihe Island Black (Lampropelma nigerimum)   OW
Singapore Blue (Omothymus violaceapes) OW
Malaysian Earth Tiger (Omothymus schiodtei) OW
Ivory Ornamental (Poecilotheria sp.) “bara” OW
Shi-Lanka (Poecilotheria fasciata)  OW
Salem Ornamental (Poecilotheria formosa)  OW
Rameshwaram Ornamental (Poecilotheria hanumavillasumica)  OW
Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Poecilotheria metallica  OW
Bengal Ornamental (Poecilotheria miranda)  OW
Fringed Ornamental (Poecilotheria ornata)  OW
Indian Ornamental (Poecilotheria regalis)  OW
Red Slate Ornamental (Poecilotheria. rufilata)  OW
Yellow Backed Ornamental (Poecilotheria smithi) OW
Mysore Ornamental (Poecilotheria straita)  OW
Ivory Ornamental (Poecilotheria subfusca) OW
Tiger Ornamental (Poecilotheria tigrinawesseli)  OW
Pedersen Ornamental (Poecilotheria vittata)  OW
Trinadad Chevron (Psalmopoeus cambridgei) NW
Venezuelan Suntiger (Psalmopoeus irminias)  NW
Venezuelan Chevron (P. langenbucheri) NW
Panama Blond (Psalmopoeus pulcher) NW
Costa Rican Orangemouth (Psalmopoeus reduncus) NW
Feather Leg Baboon (Stromatopelma calceatum) OW
Orange Treespider (Tapinauchenius gigas) NW
Ghost Tree Spider (Tapinauchenius latipes) NW
Purple Treespider (Tapinauchenius violaceus) NW

Terestrials (96)
Bolivian Pink (Acanthoscurria chacoana)  NW
Giant White Knee (Acanthoscurria geniculata)  NW
Bolivian Black Velvet (Acanthoscurria insubtilis)  NW
Brazilian Orange Banded (Acanthoscurria jurenicola)  NW
Antilles Pink Patch (Acanthoscurria maga)  NW
Argentina Giant Black Rump (Acanthoscurria musculosa)  NW
Brazilian Giant Black (Acanthoscurria paulensis)  NW
* Rusty Bird Eater (Acanthoscurria sp.)  NW
Giant Blk. and White (Acanthoscurria theraphosoides)  NW
Texas Brown (Aphonopelma anax)  NW B
*Texas Black Spot (Aphonopelma armada)  NW B
Grand Canyon Black (Aphonopelma marxi)  NW B
Mexican Blood Leg (Aphonopelma bicoloratum)  NW B
Costa Rican Bluefront (Aphonopelma burica)  NW
Chocolate Brown (Aphonopelma hentzi)  NW B
Texas Brown (Aphonopelma hentzi)  NW B
Mojave Dwarf (Aphonopelma mojave)  NW D
Paloma Dwarf (Aphonopelma paloma)   NW D
Costa Rican Zebra (Aphonopelma seemanni)  NW
Unknown (Aphonopelma sp.)  NW
Porch Grey (Aphonopelma sp.) "Cochise" NW B
Davis Mt. Rusty (Aphonopelma sp.) "Davis Mt. Rusty"  NW B
Flagstaff Orange (Aphonopelma sp.) "Flagstaff"  NW B
Hualapai Dwarf (Aphonopelma sp.) “Hualapai”  NW B D
New River Rust Rump (Aphonopelma sp.) "New River"  NW B
Unknown (Aphonopelma sp.) "Malinche"  NW B
Payson Blonde (Aphonopelma sp.) "Paysoni"  NW B
Roswell Gold (Aphonopelma sp.) "Roswell"  NW B
Copperas Cove (Aphonopelma sp.) "waconum"  NW B
Mex. Golden Red Rump (Brachypelma albiceps)  NW
Mexican Flame Knee (Brachypelma aratum)  NW
Mexican Orange Beauty (Brachypelma baumgarteni)  NW
Mexican Fire Leg (Brachypelma boehmei)  NW
Mexican Red Leg  (Brachypelma emelia)  NW
Mexican Red Knee (Brachypelma hamorii) NW
Mexican Pink (Brachypelma klassi) NW B
Mex. Giant Red Knee (Brachypelma smithi) NW
Green Bottle Blue (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens) NW
Belize Cinnamon Crassicus lamanai)  NW
Peruvian Dwarf Beauty (Cyriocosmus berate) NW D
Trinidad Dwarf Tigerump (Cyriocosmus elegans)  NW D
Unknown (Cyriocosmus leetzi)  NW D
Unknown (Cyriocosmus perezmilesi)  NW D
Peruvian Dwarf Black & White (Cyriocosmus ritae)  NW D
Peruvian Dwarf Star (Cyriocosmus sellatus)  NW D
Unknown Cyriocosmus  Venezuelensis  NW D
Tiger Rump (Davus fasciata)  NW
Chilean Gold (Euathlus parvulus) NW
Brazilian Smoke Grey (Grammostola alticeps) NW
Pampas Golden (Grammostola chalcothrix) NW
Paraguay White Hair (Grammostola formosa) NW
Pampas Tawney Red (Grammostola grossa)  NW B
Entre Rios (Grammostola iheringi) NW
Argentina Dwarf(Grammostola mendozae) NW
Rose Hair(Grammostola porteri) NW
Brazilian Black(Grammostola pulchra) NW B
Chaco Golden Knees (Grammostola Pulchripes) NW B
Red Rose Hair (Grammostola rosea) NW B
Argentine Fossor (Grammostola vachoni) NW
Pumpkin Patch (Hapolopus triseriatus) NW
Tanzanian Chestnut Baboon (Heterothele sp.) OW D
Brazilian Red Birdeater (Lasiodora difficilis) NW
Brazilian Red & Black (Lasiodora fracta) NW
Unknown (Lasiodora itabunae)  NW
Bahia Scarlet (Lasiodora klugi) NW
Brazilian Salmon Pink (Lasiodora parahybana) NW
Bahia Grey Birdeater (Lasiodora striatipes) NW
Chilean Blue Femur Beauty (Bumba sp.)
Costa Rican Red Leg (Megaphobema mesomelas) NW
Colombian Reglegs (Megaphobema  robustum) NW
Ecuadorian Brownvelvet (Megaphobema velvetosomma) NW
Blue Baboon (Monocentropus balfouri) OW
Trinidad Olive (Neoholothele incei) NW D
Brazilian Red (Nhandu carapoensis)  NW
Brazilian Red & White (Nhandu chromatus) NW
Brazilian B&W (Nhandu colloratovillosus) NW
Brazilian Giant Blonde (Nhandu tripepii) NW
Filipino Orange (Orphnaecus philippinus) OW
Bolivian Blueleg (Pamphobeteus antinous)  NW
Brazilian Pink (Pamphobeteus sp.) "Platyomma"  NW
Chilean Copper (Phrixotichus scrofa) NW
Haitian Brown (Phormictopus cancerides) NW
Cuban Purple (Phormictopus sp.) NW
Usabara Baboon (Pterinochilus murinus) OW
Costa Rican Red Rump (Sericopelma angustum)  NW
Costa Rican Horned Tarantula (Sphaerobothria hoffmanni)  NW
Goliath Pinkfoot (Theraphosa apophysis)  NW
Goliath Birdeater (Theraphosa blondi) NW
Burgandy Birdeater (Theraphosa stirmi)  NW
Peruvian Redrump (Thrixopelma Ockerti)  NW
Peruvian Green Velvet (Thrixopelma puriens)  NW
Curly Hair (Tliltocatl albopilosum)  NW B
Yucatan Rust Rump (Tliltocatl epicureanum)  NW
Guatemalan Red Rump (Tliltocatl sabulosum)  NW
Mexican Black Velvet (Tliltocatl schroederi) NW
Mexican Red Rump (Tliltocatl vagans) NW
Rose Grey (Tliltocatl verdezi)  NW
Central American Black (Tliltocatl sp.)  NW
Colombian Lesserblack (Xenesthis immanis)  NW

Obligate Burrowers (36)
Natal Brown (Acanthoscurria natalensis) NW
Unknown (Augacephalus sp.) "Mozambique"  OW
Great Horned Baboon (Ceratogyrus brachycephalus)  OW
Rear Horned Baboon (Ceratogyrus darlingi)  OW
(Ceratogyrus hillyardi)
Straight Horned Baboon (Ceratogyrus marshalli)  OW
Zimbabwe Grey Baboon (Ceratogyrus meridionalis) OW
Sandy Horned Baboon (Ceratogyrus sanderi) 
Indian Violet (Chilobrachys fimbriatus)  OW
Chinese Fawn (Chilobrachys guangxiensis)  OW
Cobalt Blue (Cyriopagopus lividus)  OW
Thailand Black (Cyriopagopus minax)  OW
Puerto Rican Pygmy (Cyrtopholis portoricae) NW
Tanzanian Black & Olive Baboon (Encyocratella olivacea)  OW
Blue Fang (Ephepobus cyanognathus)  NW
Skeleton Tarantula (Ephepobus murinus)  NW
Burgundy Skeleton (Ephebopus refescens) NW
Emerald Skeleton (Ephebopus Uatuman)  NW
Stout Leg Baboon (Eucratosclus Pachypus)   OW B
Kleinpoort mouse Baboon (Harpactira curvipes) OW
Elizabethfontein Baboon (Harpactira marksi) OW
Guttata Baboon (Harpactira sp.) Guttata OW
Cameroon Red Baboon (Hysterocrates gigas  OW
Blue Foot Baboon (Idiothele mira) OW
Dwarf Pink Leg (Kochiana brunnipes) NW
(Lyrognathus crotalus)  OW
(Lyrognathus lessunda)  OW
(Lyrognathus robustus)  OW
(Neostenotarsus sp.) "French Guiana"  NW
Koh Samui Island Dwarf (Cyriopagopus sp.)  OW
Panay Grayish-Blue (Orphnaecus sp.)  OW
King Baboon (Pelinobius muticus)  OW
Philippine Dwarf (Phlogiellus baeri)  OW D
Kilimanjaro Baboon (Pterinochilus chordatus) OW
Ft. Hall Baboon (Pterinochilus lugardi)  OW
Lesser Goa Mustard (Thrigmopoeus truculentus) OW

These care sheets are based on my personal experiences with that particular species. I have been keeping tarantulas since 1987. Most of the tarantulas listed below were raised by me from spiderlings or juveniles. The care sheets are for juveniles to adulthood for that particular species. In the listings, tarantulas not raised from spiderlings or juveniles, but were bought as sub-adults, are listed with an asterisk. They were, I believe, wild caught but have been by me kept for over three years. Of the two-hundred-twelve tarantulas I own, I only have nine wild caught; and seven of them were purchased as juveniles, and has been in my care for at least three years. I prefer buying captive born spiders over wild caught. I find enjoyment watching my babies grow. Each care sheet is based on years of maintenance for that species. I have several species listed in my collection that I haven't drafted a care sheet, because I haven't own that species for more than three years. At three years, most of my spiderlings are young adult size. I choose not to write a care sheet for a species until it reaches adult size because there are many variables with a spiderling to an adult of the same species. For an example, most spiderlings are flighty and reclusive, where as an adult of that same species may become docile and a good display spider. 

Another note to remember when reading these care sheets, are that they are written for that particular species as a "RULE", but there are EXCEPTIONS to every rule. I have seen an OBT that was a pet rock, it can be flipped on its back, while in your hand and belly rubbed. I watched it myself with amazement. "PLEASE, DON"T TRY THAT!" You must learn the disposition of your individual spider.

Because of the frequent molts of a spiderling, I keep all spiderlings on slightly damp substrate until they reaches the juvenile size for that particular species, with a lot of ventilation.

I live in Miami, Florida, which is near the tropic zone. My T room is eleven feet by twelve feet 11' x 12' (3.35m x 3.66m). It has one window, with no air conditioning. The room is insulated, so it basically keep the same temperature, except on extreme cold or hot days, 40° to 60°F (4.4-15.5c) or above 90°F (32.2c); then I need to open the door to the living quarters of the house to regulate the temperature. The window in my T room is always open except in these extreme conditions; this helps with the humidity, for in Miami, the humidity is normally above sixty-five percent 65%, which make it easier to care for my tarantulas. I explained this because where you live and housed your collection may change how you care for your tarantula; so these care sheets that I have drafted are relative; this is why I have included the natural habitat of the species in the care sheets. The climate care for the species does not change, but how you arrive at it may. I trust that you find these care sheets helpful to ensure that you and your pet have a long healthy and happy life together.








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