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Avicularia urticans (Peruvian Pinktoe Tarantula)

Avicularia urticans (Peruvian Pinktoe Tarantula)

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