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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.70    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 08/24/2005

Main Category:

Non-Reptile/Amphibian

Sub Category:

Spiders

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Christina2202

Years Experience:

1 to 2 Years

Species:

Pink-toe Tarantula

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Avicularia avicularia
Avicularia versicolor

Sexing and Characteristics:

Sexing tarantulas is quite difficult. I have done some research and have found that everyone has a different way to go about it. Since I do not have any experience in sexing I suggest you do your own research and go from there.

Mostly Active During:

Night

Substrate and Water Needs:

I have found that a few inches of peat moss works best with these tarantulas. Clean potting soil can also be used but make sure that there is no pesticide or chemical additives. A water dish can be placed in one end of the tank with soaked cotton. I have never seen my pink-toe drink from it but it does add needed moisture to the air in the tank. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" legspan may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

I have heard that there is new evidence that some vermiculite may contain harmful levels of asbestos-like substance. This substance has been implicated in causing serious lung disease in humans.

Lighting and UVB:

This spider preffers a dark place. Do not place them in direct sunlight. A regular light bulb can be used to view them.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Day temperature 75 to 85į F
night temperature can drop a bit

constant humidity of 78 to 82%

Humidity should be maintained by misting the tank floor. Peat moss and potting soil hold the most moisture. Donít let the humidity drop too much or the spider with become distressed.
Proper ventilation is very important for this spider, if the air in the tank becomes damp and stale, mold can grow. Death can occur from mold growing in the spiders lungs.

Heating and Equipment:

Many keepers use light bulbs to heat half of the tank. A good rule is about 12 hours on and 12 hours off. Heat pads can be used with these tarantulas because they do not burrow so you canít accidentally get a cooked tarantula.
If you have your tarantula in a small room you could use a space heater to maintain the right temperature. If you have different species of tarantulas I would not reccomend this since each one has a different temperature requirement.

Caging Provided:

I keep my pink-toe in a tall glass tank with a screen lid. height is more important than floor space. My spider spends most of its time in the top corner and only comes down at night to feed. The tank floor is covered in 3 inches of peat moss and there are many branches to support its web.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Store bought crickets are best to use. The number of crickets per week depends on the age of the spider. I feed my jeuvie every other day.

Dont feed your tarantula anything bigger than its body size.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Its important that crickets are fed a good diet before being fed to any tarantula. I give my crickets veggies and fish flake food.

Maintenance:

Not a lot of maintenance required. I usually do a random spot check every other day and clean poo off the sides as needed. Misting is very important and should be done every few days as needed.

Some Words on this Species:

These tarantulas can be very fast so it is important to be careful when cleaning and feeding.
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