Peruvian Pinktoe Tarantula, Avicularia urticans

The Peruvian Pinktoe Tarantula (Avicularia urticans) is a species of tarantula that is native to South America. This species was initially described by G.E.W Schmidt in 1994.

The mature males of this species may reach a legspan of 5.5 inches and have a purple sheen on the carapace on the femurs of the legs. The females can reach to about 6 inches and weigh one ounce. While the males generally take 1 to 1.5 years to mature, the males take two to three years. They will shed their exoskeleton four to six times in the first year and then once a year after that.

The distribution of this species lies mostly in the rain forests of the NW Amazon region.

Image Caption: Avicularia urticans (Peruvian pinktoe tarantula), Amazon Rainforest, near Nauta, Peru, 2011. Credit: DiverDave/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)