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Spiderling brought from the spider shop, recommended site.  www.thespidershop.co.uk

Silken retreat camouflaged with wood chipping’s

Venezuelan Suntiger Tarantula  (Psalmopoeus Irminia)

From slings, these spiders are attractive with striking markings on their feet. The adult female has bright orange patterns on the abdomen and legs. In the wild, these spiders live in humid forests constructing silken tubes along tree trunks not far off the ground, and can also be found making nests in house walls. The spiders will camouflage their silken retreats with leaves and other substrates. On the first night I placed the young spider into its new home it carried wood chips from the floor of its enclosure to camouflage the entrance of its home, I was impressed with this behaviour. So in captivity, the spider needs an arboreal set up and prefers a darker enclosure, with plenty of hiding places. My Suntiger tarantula lives in a vertical placed hollow bark on a moist substrate with moss on top. Not until adult size did I start to see her wandering its enclosure. A very fast spider with plenty of attitude even when very small it tries to defend its self with a threat display and fast-growing females maturing within two years. I frequently spray the spider's enclosure with a light spray of water, now as an adult, it gets quite excited climbing to the top of its home waiting for a shower, unlike other spiders who would run for cover if you attempted to spray directly at them. It is a lot calmer now it a large adult, many spiders change their personality when older or after a moult and become less nervous and investigate without aggression. I have noticed this when water is being changed or being fed prey. Although I am still not going to risk holding this spider. The Suntiger Tarantula is a lovely spider to own and always exciting to film.

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Origin: Venezuelan Rain-forest's

Temperature: 25 to 28ēC.

WARNING: Tarantulas feet caught on terrarium mesh lid.

Humidity: 70 to 80%.

I read in a book on invertebrates that spiders sometimes get their hooks on the end of there feet caught on the lids of the tall style Exo-Terra© glass terrarium which I use for my arboreal spiders. Well, that is what happened to my beautiful female Suntiger Tarantula. I was shocked to discover one of its legs detached and just hanging from the mesh. It would have stayed for some time waiting to be rescued but I did not find it in time, so it just pulled it off. The new regenerated limb which has now grown on its next to skin change is amazingly only very slightly smaller so should be back to normal size on the next change. The book I read recommends replacing the mesh with a sheet of acrylic, but I have used a sheet of plastic cut from the bottom of a container fixed under the mesh with ties. I also melted a few air holes into the plastic, this does not ruin the terrarium and is probably better for keeping the humidity level high needed for this species of spider as these type of enclosures can be too airy

Habitat/ Lifestyle: Arboreal.

Growth Rate: Medium maturing around 2 years.

Temperament: Unpredictable and very fast

Size: Adult female up to 6 inches.

Longevity: Females 10 to 15 years.

Males 3 to 4 years.

Andy Newman Images© e-mail: andyimages24@yahoo.co.uk

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