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.
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 you are bitten, this has been likened to a bee sting. A small percentage of people are allergic to bee stings so care should be taken.
Handling: Always use caution when handling any tarantula, no matter how docile.
Diet/Nutrition: This is a hungry tarantula. Bolivian Black Velvet spiderlings eat pinhead crickets and other small insects. Adults eat crickets and roaches.
Housing (see our shop for products!):
- Tank: Adults will need a 10-15 gallon terrarium
- Substrate: 4 – 5 inches of peat moss, potting soil, or coconut husk substrate.
- Decor: Drift wood or a small hide should be provided.
- Humidity: The humidity should be 65 to 75%
- Lighting: Lighting is not necessary for this species.
- Water: A small, shallow water dish should always be present.
Temperature: The ideal temperature for Bolivian Black Velvet is 70° – 80°F.
Fun facts: Bolivian Black Velvets are fast-growing and can get as big as 4 inches in one year!
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