Beginner’s Guide To The Panama Blonde Tarantula



Common name: Panama Blonde

Scientific name: Psalmopoeus pulcher

Appearance: Panama Blonde Tarantulas are a beautiful blonde color with a black patch on the abdomen.

Origin: Panama


Type: New World, arboreal

Size: Legspan can get up to 6 inches. This is a fast-growing species.

Life span: Females can live up to 15 years, males 3-4 years.

Attitude: Panama Blondes are best for a more experienced tarantula owner. This species is fast, and can be skittish or aggressive.
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Defensive behavior: Panama Blondes do not have urticating hairs on their abdomens, however they are very fast to escape and will not hesitate to give the threat pose.

Bite danger: Panama Blondes will bite when threatened.

Handling: This species should not be handled, however some individual Panama Blondes may be more docile than others. Always be careful when handling any tarantula.

Diet/Nutrition: Panama Blonde spiderlings can eat baby crickets and adult Panama Blondes can eat dubia roaches and adult crickets.


Housing (see our shop for products!):

  • Enclosure: For juveniles to adults a 2.5 to 5 gallon enclosure is sufficient. The floor space should only be about 2.5 times your tarantula’s leg span and height should be about 4 to 5 times as much
  • Substrate: 1-2 inches of coconut fiber that is damp but not wet is recommended.
  • Decor: A vertical barreled cork bark or hide is recommended.
  • Humidity: 65%-75%
  • Lighting: Panama Blondes don’t need lighting.
  • Water: A shallow water dish will work, as well as misting the tank.
  • Temperature: The ideal temperature for Panama Blondes is 78° – 82°F.


Fun facts: Panama Blonde tarantulas, once adults, stay out more in the open and is a nice display spider.

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