Pink Toe Tarantula (Avicularia avicularia) Care Sheet

Tarantulas are not the best pets for everyone (especially if you are afraid of spiders), but for some people, the tranquility, ease of care, and unique qualities they possess are the best. Pink toes are a good choice for someone who loves spiders and wants a docile pet that they can handle but also entertain. | Pink Toe Tarantula

Pink Toe Tarantula

Variations on the name of the Pink Toe Tarantula

Avicularia avicularia, Guyana pinktoe, common pinktoe, South American pinktoe, pinktoe, pink-toe, pink-toed tree spider, and tarantula pink-toed toedula toagula refer to the same tarantula species. They get their names from their popular pink/orange toes on their furry black/gray bodies.

Size of Pink Toe Tarantula

Pink toe tarantulas reach a length of about 3 1/2 to 5 inches.

life span of the pink toe tarantula.

Females may live up to 10 years, but males have much shorter lifespans. Most pink-tipped tarantulas live about five years.

Pink Toe Tarantulas

Pink Toe Tarantulas are arboreal (tree-dwelling), so they need a higher tank than terrestrial species with room to climb. They can be housed with other pink toes,

But it is recommended that they be kept alone to avoid cannibalizing each other, unless you have a large enclosure and feed them frequently.

A 10-gallon tank is sufficient for a pink tarantula, as long as there is something to climb on, such as a log. Two to three inches of moss or peat soil (without fertilizers or plant food) can be used as substrate (bedding), and live branches and plants/vines should be provided for climbing. Pet store options for reptiles are generally used for pet tarantulas, but you can also use items marketed for pet birds, decorative gardening items, and even items from your garden (after they have been cleaned).

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A secure lid is a must, as this species of tarantula will climb up and down your climbing opportunities. Not only is an escaped tarantula in danger of being injured (or killed), but you are also likely to scare a neighbor if they find it.

Heat and lighting for Pink Toe Tarantula.

The tank should be kept at 78 to 82 F (24 to 30 C) at all times. Generally, this means that you should provide some additional heat for your tarantula, unless you live in a year-round climate and do not use air conditioning where your tarantula is kept. Tank heaters and basic reptile heat lights are the most popular options for heating a tarantula cage.

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Humidity for Pink Toe Tarantula.

Humidity in the enclosure should be maintained at 65 to 75 percent. This is to adequately mimic their native environments in Costa Rica and Brazil. It can be achieved by providing a sponge soaked in water, spraying the cage every few days with water, providing live plants in the enclosure and making sure there are a few shallow bowls of water in the cage at all times. Keeping the humidity level high is very important. This is possibly the most difficult part of keeping a pink-toed tarantula.

Feeding Pink Toe Tarantula

Crickets and other large insects (if you catch them yourself, they must be pesticide-free) and the occasional pink mouse or small lizard can be fed to adult pink toes. They are voracious and especially love to catch flying food such as moths.

Behavior of the pink toe tarantula

Pink toes are very agile, as they are arboreal tarantulas, so while they are not known to bite, they can be quick and jump out of your hands. Therefore, it is important to make sure you are sitting on the ground while handling your rose-toed tarantula, so that if they jump away from you, their fall will not be as difficult as if you were standing. If they become nervous or frightened, they will spray fecal matter as a defense mechanism, so this is a good indication that your pink toe needs some time alone.

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Regular handling will cause your fingerless rose to try to jump off of you or spray you, but be sure not to hold them to keep them still or handle them immediately after molting.

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