The Avicularia Versicolor also known as the Martinique Pink Toe or the Antilles tree spider is another recommend choice for beginner hobbyist. Native to Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique in the Caribbean Sea. These tarantulas however require those who are willing to put in the extra time to ensure that humidity and temperature requirements are to a tee. The Avicularia Versicolor, being tree-dwelling by nature allows for a more naturalistic terrarium, live plants, barks etc. In fact, when in captivity, the height of the terrarium / cage outweighs the floor space. A recommended setup for these arboreal species is providing it plenty of objects to climb around in the enclosure. It should also be well ventilated, else this results in mold and mildew. Since these tarantulas are aboreal, they prefer to make their webs closer to the top of their terrarium. For this reason, it is highly recommended to purchase an enclosure that opens from the side, not the top. This prevents damage to the web every time you handle your tarantula and saves it from unnecessary stress. When purchasing one of these tarantulas, you will immediately notice that the spiderlings are brightly blue coloured (see picture below). As they grow older (after a series of molting) the start to take on the color of the tarantula on the right. The docile temperaments of these pets makes it a great introduction for anyone interested into to the word of tarantulas, they would rather flee that bite or flick their hairs at you. These species prefer to be in temperatures ranging from 72 – 76 degrees F. However, being hardy by nature, they will be able tolerate temperatures ranging from 60 – 80 degrees F. Humidity for these species of tarantulas should be kept between 70 – 80%. Hydration is plays a huge role in preventing a dead spider. Although it requires a lot of monitoring and work on your part, it is well worth it. A good rule of thumb is to mist the tarantula enclosure every 2 -3 days and allowing it to dry out. A huge factor for more information regarding feeding this wonderful species, check out the feeding your tarantula section. This is why the Avicularia Versicolor is not entirely a beginner species, if you are willing to be a bit more attentive in the humidity and temperatures of its enclosure. Then surely, this is one of the most beautiful, interesting and rewarding species kept in the hobby.
Avicularia Versicolor SPECIFICATIONS
|Difficulty:||Beginner to intermediate|
|Type:||Arboreal (Tree dwelling)|
|Food:||Spiderlings will eat crickets, and smaller insects (insect must be at most 3/4 of the spiderlings size). Adults will eat crickets,flies, moths sometimes even lizards or a pinky mouse.|
|Maximum Size:||5- 6 inches|
|Growth Rate:||Medium to Fast|
|Temperament:||Docile and Skittish|
|Lifespans:||Males: (2 – 3 years) Females: (8 – 12 years)|
Check out this Avicularia Versicolor in Action
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