Beginner’s Guide To The Brazilian Black Tarantula


Common name: Brazilian Black Tarantula Scientific name: Grammostola pulchra Appearance: Brazilian Blacks get their name from their rich, black velvety hair. Origin: Brazil and Uruguay   Type: New World, terrestrial, burrowing Size: Legspan can get up to 8 inches. This species grows slowly. Life span: Males: 5-6 years, Females: 20+ years Attitude: The Brazilian Black tarantula is active and docile. A great beginner tarantula. Defensive […]

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Escaped Pregnant Tarantula Makes Everyone In NYC Freak Out (IMAGE)


I saw this story last year, and I still think it’s hilarious and worth sharing because it literally made people lose their minds! It all started when someone posted a “Missing” sign about their Mexican Red Rump tarantula named Penelope, who was apparently very pregnant. The message said the little eight-legged lady had escaped and was wandering around Brooklyn, and her […]

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Greater Horned Baboon [Ceratogyrus brachycephalus]


Common name: Greater Horned Baboon / Rhino Horned Baboon Scientific name: Ceratogyrus brachycephalus Appearance: A Greater Horned Baboon is a pale color with dark markings and a small “horn” on its carapace. Origin: Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa Type: Old World, Terrestrial, Burrowing Size: Can grow up to a legspan of 5 inches. This species grows quickly. Life span: 8-10 years Attitude: Defensive and fast, […]

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Bolivian Black Velvet [Acanthoscurria insubtilis]


Common name: Bolivian Black Velvet Scientific name: Acanthoscurria insubtilis Appearance: A Bolivian Black Velvet is chocolate brown with a cream border around the carapace and faint striping on the legs. Origin: Bolivia Type: New world, Terrestrial Size: Adults are 6-7 inches Life span: 15 for females, 5+ for males Attitude: Not aggressive, docile. Defensive behavior: The Bolivian Black Velvet tarantula isn’t likely to become defensive. Bite danger: If […]

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Brazilian Giant White Knee [Acanthoscurria geniculata]


Common name: Brazilian Giant White Knee Scientific name: Acanthoscurria geniculata Appearance: The Brazilian Giant White Knee, unlike many of the larger terrestrial tarantulas, is very colorful in its appearance due to the brilliant white stripes that adorn its leg joints. Origin: Forests of northern Brazil Type: New world, Terrestrial Size: Adults are 7 – 8 inches Life span: Females – up to 12 years, […]

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Mexican Redrump [Brachypelma vagans]

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Common name: Mexican Redrump Scientific name: Brachypelma vagans Appearance: The Mexican Redrump has jet black hairs on its legs and abdomen. The abdomen is liberally sprinkled with fine red hairs. The carapace is edged with cream and has thin radiating lines of cream coloring. Origin: Belize, El Salvador and Guatemala Type: New world, Terrestrial, burrowing Size: adults are 4 – 5 inches Life span: Females […]

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Tips For Rehousing Your Tarantula


*These tips are provided thanks to Awesome Arachnids Tumblr blog. Remain calm when rehousing your T’s. Rehousing is very very stressful on the animal, and even though I was pretty calm, my spider was not. Being frightened can make bad things happen, always stay calm and assertive.   Always read your animal’s body language and make sure you do not startle […]

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Pinktoe [Avicularia]


Common name: Pinktoe Scientific name: Avicularia avicularia Appearance: Pinktoe tarantulas are furry,dark black to metallic gray overall with deep violet to reddish hues to the abdomen and leg hairs. And the tips of their legs are pink, giving them their name! Origin: Brazil, Trinidad, Guyana, French Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela, and the Amazon Basin. Type: New world, Arboreal Size: 4.5 to 5 inches.” fully […]

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