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Avicularia metallica (Whitetoe tarantula) Care Sheets
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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.00    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 12/29/2005

Main Category:

Non-Reptile/Amphibian

Sub Category:

Spiders

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

CreepySpiderGuy

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Avicularia metallica (Whitetoe tarantula)

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Also covers Avicularia versicolor, purpurea, and avicularia species of this genus. Common names are: antilles pinktoe, ecuadorian purple, and common pinktoe respectively.

Sexing and Characteristics:

Males will have the ’tibial’ hooks and have ’boxing gloves’ look on the ends of their pedipalps.

Mostly Active During:

Night

Substrate and Water Needs:

Vermiculite (to hold in moisture) and an open dish with distilled water.

Lighting and UVB:

No special lighting is needed. However, it would be beneficial to the animal if you allowed it lighting at certain times so that it can differentiate between night and day.

Temperatures and Humidity:

The ideal temperature range is 75-85 degrees Farenheit. Do not let it get below 65 for prolonged periods of time. Humidity should be kept above 50% with the rande of 70-80% being ideal.

Heating and Equipment:

No heating equipment is required if kept in a warm house, however low wattaged heating lamps may be used. Make sure these bulbs are ’night time’ bulbs as direct bright light will stress out the spider. There should also be some sort of bark or plant in the habitat so that the spider may make a tube-webbing.

Caging Provided:

Any cage will do as long as it has proper height as this is an arboreal species and tend to stay on the sides of the cage. Even a simple KK tipped on its side (shorter side) can work just wonderfully

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Juveniles will eat pinhead and 1/8 crickets and small mealworms. Adults will eat crickets, mealworms, superworms, pinkies, and an occassional anole lizard.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

No supplements are needed

Maintenance:

To keep humidity levels adequate you should mist the cage ate least once a day.

Some Words on this Species:

This species is fairly docile but quite skittish. Breathing on them will cause them to run and/or jump so becareful not to do this.
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