Considered to be one of the most beautiful showpieces in the tarantula hobby with it’s vibrant hues of color. The Antilles Pinktoe (Avicularia versicolor)remains an absolute favorite of many keepers, especially fans of arboreal species. Another absolute must for any collection. Despite being a little more cheeky than its pink-toe brethren, this tarantula is gentle and a joy to own. As gorgeous fluffy blue slings, they weave silken hammocks as high as they can, from which they eat and grow rather nicely.
Take care when working in their enclosures! One of these tiny joys will leap on to you while you’re working; but don’t worry, they typically jump right off again because they don’t appear to enjoy human trees.
For these tree-dwelling spiders, a cage with sufficient height is required. A 10-gallon tank with a secure side opening will suffice. Because Antilles Pinktoe spin their webs high up, the side opening protects the web whenever the enclosure is opened for feedings or cleaning.
At the bottom of the tank, there should be 2 to 3 inches of peat moss or soil (free of fertilizers and pesticides), as well as small logs, branches, and living plants for climbing. Examine pet stores for reptile and bird accessories, particularly natural branches, as these are often suitable for pet tarantulas to climb on.
Antilles Pinktoes can withstand temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the optimal temperature for the enclosure is between 78 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The right quantity of ambient heat can be provided via under-tank heaters and reptile heat lights. In the tank, use a thermometer to check the temperature.
Keep the substrate somewhat dry (or slightly moist). Maintain water access by misting the enclosure on a regular basis (every 3-4 days). Damp enclosures are killers for Antilles Pinktoe.
Remove any uneaten prey after 24 hours to maintain the enclosure clean. In addition, keep an eye out for mold growth, which can occur in a humid atmosphere. Remove any moldy parts of the peat moss or soil bedding as soon as possible. Also, prepare to conduct a thorough bedding change every four to six months.
Antilles Pinktoes live in humid places in the natural, so keep the humidity level in your spider’s container between 65 and 75 percent. In fact, one of the most difficult aspects of owning Antilles Pinktoe tarantula is maintaining a high humidity level. Death rates are quite high amongst the spiderlings if kept too humid.
To increase humidity, place a sponge soaked in water at the bottom of the enclosure and sprinkle it every two to three days with clean water from a spray bottle. This will not only offer humidity for your pet, but it will also assist any living plants in the enclosure. A hygrometer can be used to measure the humidity level.
Food and Water
Spiders adore crickets and other insects, so keeping and feeding live crickets alongside your spider will be a two-part undertaking. Before feeding the crickets to your spider, they should be gut-loaded (given nutritious foods). Dropping live prey into the bottom of the enclosure should whet your spider’s appetite, although dead insects may be ignored.
Adult Antilles Pinktoes often consume a few crickets every three to ten days, whereas baby spiders require equivalent nutrition every two to five days. You can even feed an adult tarantula a pinky mouse or small reptile as a reward. Be sure to consult your veterinarian for the appropriate amount and variety to feed your particular animal.
Finally, your tarantula’s environment must constantly have access to clean water. Wash and refill a few tiny, shallow water bowls placed throughout the enclosure on a daily basis.
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