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Mediterranean Black Widow Latrodectus tredecimguttatus
2013-10-09 12:38:45

The Mediterranean Black Widow (Latrodectus tredecimguttatus), known also as the Steppe Spider, is a species of widow spiders within the genus Latrodectus. It is commonly found throughout the Mediterranean region, ranging from Portugal to southwest and central Asia. Specimens from central Asia are also known by the binomial name Latrodectus lugubris; that name, however, is considered out of...

Mexican Fireleg Brachypelma boehmei
2013-09-09 10:14:11

The Mexican Fireleg (Brachypelma beohmei), known also as the Mexican Rustleg Tarantula, is a tarantula that is native to Mexico in Guerrero state. These spiders prefer semi-humid climates and are obligate terrestrial burrowers. As with all closely related tarantula species, they defend themselves with their urticating hairs when they are provoked. They’re not the easiest species to keep in...

Avicularia metallica
2013-08-26 13:39:49

Avicularia metallica is a fairly tame species of tarantulas. This spider is considered by some to be a public species. Cannibalism, while still a concern when they are kept communally, is much less of a problem compared to other Teraphosidae. This species, known commonly as the Metallic Pinktoe is a tarantula with a diagonal leg span of about 5.1 to 5.9 inches. The Metallic Pinktoe is...

Peruvian Pinktoe Tarantula Avicularia urticans
2013-08-26 13:37:07

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...

Tarantula Wolf Spider
2009-06-26 17:36:26

The "Tarantula" Wolf Spider (Lycosa tarantula) is a species of wolf spider that is found near and around the city of Taranto, Italy (called Tarentum in Roman times). This nocturnal species lurks near the opening of its burrow at night waiting for prey. The female lives in her protective burrow her entire life, while the mature male leaves the nest and wanders about looking for mates. The adult...

Straight Horn tarantula
2009-06-19 12:50:52

The Straight Horn tarantula is commonly referred to as the Burst Horned baboon (Ceratogyrus darlingi). Its obsolete name is Ceratogyrus bechuanicus. The Straight Horn tarantula is a spider that is from southern Africa, most often Botswana. The Straight Horn tarantula is grey-brown to black and can reach a body length of 2 inches. A black foveal horn is featured on the peltidium. The...

Cobalt Blue Tarantula
2009-06-18 16:30:18

The Cobalt Blue tarantula (Haplopelma lividum) is part of the tarantula species native to Thailand and Myanmar. Like many Asian tarantulas, it is rather aggressive. Because of the tarantula's aggressiveness it should only be kept as a pet by well informed and experienced tarantula owners. This tarantula tends to be shy and is a committed burrower. The cobalt Blue tarantula relies on biting...