Latin name: Avicularia avicularia
Our stock: We have several unsexed young adults available which are all about 3.5” in size including leg span. It is being fed a diet of live medium crickets.
Habitat: They are found on the island of Trinidad as well as the countries of Guyana, French Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela, and in the Amazon Basin.
Lifestyle: These tarantula are popular to keep as pets for a reason! They are one of the most docile tarantula species as well as having cute-looking fuzzy pink foot pads or “toes”. Pink Toe Tarantulas are arboreal, good jumpers and fast climbers. They build and live inside of tube-like web structures in the crooks of trees and in loose tree bark.
Size and Lifespan: Their leg span when they reach adult size is typically around 5” and females are heavier-bodied than males with bigger abdomens. Lifespan differs greatly depending on the sex of the tarantula. Males top out at 4 years of age with them being sexually mature for last year of their lives. Females can live up to 12 years.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 80 degrees Fahrenheit on the warm end, 70 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
Humidity: 65%-70% Manually mist lightly in the AM and PM or set up an automatic mister to do the job.
Tank size: 1-5 gallons or smaller for babies, 10+ gallons for adults.
Tank type: Tall vertical glass tank which allows for good climbing areas.
Lighting: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended, especially in winter. Thermostats are also helpful. Full spectrum UVB lighting is not required for this species but is recommended to simulate a natural day/night cycle.
Substrate and furniture: Soil or coconut fiber substrate 1” deep. Provide lots of vertical climbing structures. Cork bark rounds or natural branches with loose tree bark make ideal cage furniture for these guys. Provide a small water dish that is not so deep that the tarantula cannot climb back out on its own.
Handling: Pink Toe Tarantula can do well with short gentle handling 1-3 times per week. Keep in mind that they are an extremely fast species and have the potential to bolt if they get spooked. Handling them in a secure area with limited hiding places for them is ideal. They are extremely unlikely to bite even when frightened but if they do, the potency of their venom is luckily very weak and less painful than a bee sting in most cases.
Feeding: 1 appropriately sized insect prey item no more than 1x per week.
Always remove uneaten food items if they have not been consumed after 8 hours.