Beginner’s Guide to Looking After Pinktoe Tarantulas

Pink toe tarantulas make excellent pets. They are peaceful creatures who spend most of their time in a relaxed state.

The pink toe tarantula (Avicularia avicularia) is a genus of arboreal spiders found in northern South America and southern Central America. They are known as becoming Linnaeus’s first tarantula genus, having been discovered in 1795. The Avicularia spiders are some of the most common pet species available and are among the most widely distributed tarantula groups worldwide.

Pink Toe tarantulas have huge, largely black bodies. They have pink tips at the end of their legs, hence the name, and are very hairy compared to other tarantulas. Although they have fangs and a venomous bite, their venom is not fatal. However, their bites can still be harmful. So, caring for a pinktoe tarantula should be taken seriously for pet owners.

Enclosure Type and Size

Since pink toe tarantulas are arboreal creatures, the enclosure’s height is more significant than its length or width. A 12″x12″x18″ enclosure should be sufficient for an adult, whereas smaller spiders should be housed in even smaller enclosures. AMAC plastic containers are very common and are sized or customized accordingly to meet the needs of your spider.

Pink Toe tarantulas spend the bulk of their time near the top of the cage and spin their web. So, a semi-popular feature is to get a cage that opens on the lower part of one side or even on the base itself, with a large enough lid to lock in the substrate.  Opening from the base allows you enough time to respond to an attempted escape while also preserving the web the spider worked very hard to make. However, before undertaking this on your own, you can do some research and seek guidance from those who have already got this.

Enclosure Arrangement

Since the pink toe tarantula spends very little time on the ground, there is no need to place decor on the bottom of the enclosure. Indeed, the more debris on the turf, the more difficult it would be for the tarantula to capture prey and for you to extract uneaten prey. To avoid mold growth, half-eaten or otherwise dead prey objects should be discarded.

Multiple bits of cork bark can be used generously throughout your enclosure. Ideally, one of these bits would be a tunnel that the tarantula can use to conceal itself. To add additional hiding places, fake plants may be inserted or attached to your cork bark. These spiders despise being exposed so a lack of cover will stress your animal.

Humidity & Water

A water dish is required for the spider, but its location is entirely up to you. Frequently, individuals will use big bottle caps that have been partially pushed into the substrate. Another method is to glue them halfway up the cork bark.

This species of spider thrives in higher humidity levels (75-85%). You can measure the level using a hygrometer. If the humidity level is too low, the tarantula can fail to shed, which may be fatal in certain situations. Do not spray the spider directly; misting the spider will irritate it. You should apply water to the substrate’s exterior; the water can soak and evaporate, raising the substrate’s relative humidity.

Heating and Lighting

Pink toe tarantulas do not need UV lights or heat lamps. Simple lighting is more than sufficient for them. However, avoid placing the enclosure in strong sunlight. This might result in the spider being cooked within its own web.

These spiders are comfortable in temperatures ranging from 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit but can become more aggressive and molt faster at higher temperatures. To reach the optimum temperature, either uses heat tape or perhaps a low-wattage under-tank heater. Within your tank, a thermometer must be visible to ensure that your spider is kept at a safe temperature.

Feeding

Any tarantula’s standard diet is gut-loaded crickets. You will want to choose a scale that is suitable for your tarantula. Crickets as small as 14″ are ideal for juveniles, whereas mature crickets are favored for adult spiders. Cockroaches are another source of food you can give.

There are no records of juvenile tarantulas being overfed, so feed as much as your spider can consume. Ensure that you remove uneaten food items the next day. Additionally, avoid feeding for several days after molting. Allow your tarantula’s exoskeleton to harden completely until reintroducing food.

Adults overfeeding is not a big issue, but there is little benefit to it. If your tarantula consumes food only once a week, then feed it only once a week; otherwise, several feedings per week are appropriate.

Although tarantulas are able to go extended periods of time without any food, if your spider is not feeding, carefully monitor its wellbeing and weight loss.

Handling

The Avicularia species are better to treat than most tarantulas. They are less likely to bite and have weaker venom, but they may also be lethal if you have an allergic reaction.

However, some of these spiders, including pink toe tarantula, can jump. Tarantulas are small and fragile, and a high or repeated fall could cause an injury. So, keep a close watch on your tarantula.

Bear in mind that handling your tarantula does little to help your spider. It does not form a connection with you like other pets would, it’s more likely to fall, and you increase the chance of getting bitten if it becomes stressed.

A pink toe tarantula is unlikely to be seen in a traditional pet shop. Therefore, you can seek out a legitimate breeder and exotic pet rescue agency instead. A nearby exotic veterinarian might well be able to point you in the right direction. When you get one, be sure to follow the above tips to give it the best enclosure and life as your pet.