Avicularia purpurea (Purple Pinktoe)
As adults this gorgeous species has a purple-blue metallic iridescence to it. Starting off as fuzzy purple spiderlings, you will watch it change a little with each molt as it develops into a regal adult. This well-tempered beauty is an excellent choice for any collector.
*Adapted from The American Tarantula Society
Name and Description History:
Avicularia purpurea Kirk, 1990
New World, Arboreal
Growth Rate: Medium – Fast
Natural Habitat: Equador – Amazon Rainforest. This species seeks hollows in trees and leaves to construct it’s web.
Housing Needs: Arboreal setup. Higher humidity is needed and can be obtained by misting every few days and adding cups of water to the habitat. A tall piece of cork bark against a side of the enclosure is good to offer as something to anchor its web on.
Temperament: Most report this to be an easy going species that rarely gets defensive. This genus has a unique defense mechanism by which they will launch excrement when they feel threatened. It can go as far as 2 or 3 feet. They also tend to jump, especially as babies and juveniles, and are particularly sensitive to breezes.
Longevity: Males 2-3 years, Females 8-12 years
Special Care Needed
We want to share some tips for the care of these spiderlings with you. Spiderlings of this genus tend to be a bit more delicate, but there are some things you can do to help ensure that your purpurea stays healthy.
Housing: Your purpurea is still quite small and should be housed in a small habitat. In the wild they do not wander far from their webbing because they know it is risky for them to do so. They feel safe and secure within a small area where they have something to anchor webbing up high in the enclosure. Silk leaves work well for that. The enclosure cannot be too high or the spiderling will not be able to set up it’s webbing easily and will be stressed. Five to six inches is the tallest habitat it should go in. If a spiderling falls from a higher spot it could also get hurt.
Feeding: Spiderlings from this genus tend to not venture downward in their enclosure to hunt for food. It is a good idea to try putting partially disabled food directly on their webbing for them. Many times they will take it directly from tongs or dull tweezers.
Humidity: Lightly spraying the sides and a little on the webbing every 3 days or so is sufficient. If you see their habitat is maintaining humidity, you might consider drawing that out a bit. If you see condensation on the habitat walls, it is too humid.
Thanks again and Happy Spidering!
The Fear Not Team