tarantula (Psalmopoeus cambridgei)
A light olive-green/fawny-brown spider first described by
Pocock in 1895. Distinctive black chevrons on the
upper part of the abdomen give rise to part of
it's common name.
It has been know for this spiders
abdomen to change to almost jet black at times.
Long legged and very fast moving when roused,
don't be fooled by the long periods of pretending
to be a pet rock!
According to Ann Webb, this
spider will fight with it's own moult!
A native of Trinidad in the West
Indies, it lives in silk tubes built in trees
and/or folded leaves.
This is an aggressive species,
certainly handling is not advised!
The requirements in captivity
As for keeping them as pets, many
people keep these in large 12x12x12 (inches)
Like the other arboreal (tree
living) species they require high humidity levels
(above 80%) but you must be careful to avoid the
air in the tank becoming stagnant as this appears
to be the cause of some deaths in captivity.
As these are tree-living spiders,
you must make provision for climbing and web
building, steralised branches or twigs are ideal.
Substrate for the cage should be of
peat/vermiculite mix, this must be at least 1
An open water dish is a must, as
is regular mistings to keep that humidity level
Food: All standard invertebrates
Geographic Range: Trinidad (West
Temperature range: 75-78
Londevity: Males once mature (2-3
Years) Females (upto 12 years).