Avicularia urticans (Peruvian Pinktoe)

There is something about fuzzy arboreal tarantulas that makes them appealing to even those who find other species unattractive.    Urticans make a good display tarantula, as all of the tarantulas in this genus do.  

Name Pronunciation:
Avicularia (uh-vik-yuh-LAH-ree-uh)
urticans (URH-tuh-kaanz)

*Adapted from The American Tarantula Society

New World. Arboreal
Size: 5″
Growth Rate: Fast
Natural Habitat: Rain Forest of Peru. Found near Nauta
Housing Needs: Arboreal setup with higher humidity
Temperament: They can also jump and bolt quite quickly. 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. If a spiderling escapes, hold your breath as you manipulate it back into the enclosure because the slightest breath will cause it to bolt.

Described By: Schmidt, 1994
Researcher Profile: Gunter Schmidt