Theraphosidae Reference Libraries

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Baboon Spider Pterinochilus murinus
2014-08-29 11:57:31

The Baboon Spider (Pterinochilus murinus), an old-world tarantula, was initially described in 1897 by Reginald Innes Pocock. This species is found on the African continent, in Angola, as well as central, eastern, and southern Africa. Among those who keep tarantulas as pets, Pterinochilus murinus is known as “OBT”, which means Orange Baboon Tarantula or Orange Bitey Thing, and also as the...

Skeleton Tarantula Ephebopus murinus
2014-08-29 11:32:08

The Skeleton Tarantula (Ephebopus murinus) is a species of spider belonging to the Theraphosidae family, a sub-family of Aviculariinae. This New World species is native to several South American countries. Its common name comes from the skeleton-like markings on its legs. The generic name, Ephebopus comes from the Greek meaning “youthful” plus “foot”, and the specific name, murinus is...

Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula Avicularia versicolor
2014-08-29 11:06:39

The Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula (Avicularia versicolor), known also as the Martinique Red Tree Spider or the Martinique Pinktoe, is native to Guadeloupe and Martinique within the Caribbean Sea, but is a popular spider pet because of its docile nature and unique coloration. These tarantulas are arboreal (tree-dwelling). They spin intricate funnel webs in which they spend the majority of their...

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...

Pinktoe Tarantula Avicularia avicularia
2013-08-26 13:45:54

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,...

Avicularia bicegoi
2013-08-26 13:43:05

Avicularia bicegoi is a species of large tarantulas belonging to the genus Avicularia. These spiders may be frightening in appearance because of their large size, but they share the pacific behavioral characteristics of most of the Avicularia species. Generally, they bite prey and rely on their urticating hair and flight for defense from their predators. Unlike many new world tarantulas,...

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...

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...

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