Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula

Avicularia versicolor

Fascinating Facts

Physical Characteristics

The Antilles Pink-toed Tree Spider is a medium sized spider, reaching about 4 1/2 - 6"(11- 15 cm). As juveniles they are a metallic steel blue-black coloring, changing to more dramatic colors as adults. Adults have a metallic green carapace, an abdomen covered with red hairs, and long furry black legs swathed in reds, pinks, and browns. As with most tarantula species, the males are thinner and have long, furry legs. A female remains bulky and less spindly as she grows.

Habitat/Diet

This spider is native to Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean Sea, but is a popular spider pet due to its docile character and unique coloration. The Antilles pinktoe is an aggressive feeder, and will eat anything from crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, beetles, moths, and other flying insects, to anole lizards.

Social Behavior

Antilles pinktoe tarantulas are arboreal or tree-dwelling. They spin elaborate funnel webs in which they spend most of their time.

Status In The Wild

They are not endangered.

Other

They can be found in the Insect Zoo.



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