Antilles Pink Toe Tarantula Avicularia versicolor

Invertebrate Interests is authored & photographed by Lillie Nyte of Inverts Unlimited 

Pinktoe Tarantula

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Antilles Pink Toe Avicularia versicolor

General Description

Synonyms: Mygale versicolor, Mygale hirtipes, Aranea hirtipes

Common name(s): Antilles pink toe, Antilles tree spider, Martinique pink toe, Martinique red tree spider

Keeper experience: Beginner – Intermediate

Adult size: 5 – 6 inches in leg span

Growth rate: Medium – Fast (Reaches maturity within 2 – 4 years)

Lifespan: Relatively short with males living only 2 – 3 years. Females 8 – 12 years

Type: Arboreal

Temperament: Mostly docile and may tolerate handling but can be nervous and move quickly or jump. Also able to expel fecal matter as a defense

Venom: Mild (Not likely to bite)

Urticating hairs: Yes, possessing type II urticating hairs which can be delivered by kicking or by direct contact with the abdomen

Natural distribution: Caribbean islands of Martinique, Guadalupe, and Dominica in the Lesser Antilles

Natural conditions: Tropical forests, living in tubular dens made of silk within plants such as palms and bromeliads

baby spider

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Antilles Pink Toe Captive Care

Temperature: Mid 70’s to low 80’s

Humidity: Mid to high range

Substrate: 2 – 3 inches of slightly damp substrate, moistened when dry

Prey items: Not picky and will readily consume appropriately sized crickets, roaches, mealworms, and superworms. Prey should be no bigger than the tarantula’s abdomen. Non-burrowing prey items may be preferred.

Miscellany: This species requires a combination of good ventilation and high humidity especially for the health of spiderlings, moist stagnant air can be even more detrimental than conditions that are too dry.

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