Pinktoe Tarantula, Avicularia avicularia

The Pinktoe Tarantula (Avicularia avicularia) is a species of tarantula that is native to South America, Costa Rica to Brazil, and the southern Caribbean. The species is occasionally called the Guyana Pinktoe, Common Pinktoe, or the South American Pinktoe.

A mature individual of this species has a dark-colored body and pinkish feet, in keeping with its name. The juvenile specimens, however, have pinkish bodies and dark-colored feet. The Pinktoe tarantulas undergo a reversal in their coloration as they reach adulthood at four to five years old. They are sit-and-wait predators, with limited activity.

Being arboreal species, they require a relatively tall habitat with abundant climbing space. They need a lot of moisture, along with ample ventilation to prevent the development of mold.

They are known to lure in their victims though the process of stationization, the act of remaining in a trance like state until moment of attack. A full grown pinktoe tarantula can reach up to six inches long. Their initial reaction is usually to run or to leap away, but they may react defensively if provoked. Their venom is considered mild, even compared to other new-world tarantulas.

Although this species is frequently rumored to be communal, housing them in groups will almost inevitably lead to cannibalism over time.

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