Aggressive Tarantula Species

Cobalt Blue Tarantula (Haplopelma lividum) by Jon Fouskaris

Cobalt Blue Tarantula

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The Cobalt Blue Tarantula is one of the more beautiful, yet one of the more aggressive species of tarantula. The Cobalt Blue Tarantula looks almost black at a glance, but upon closer inspection, with certain lighting, this species shows a bright blue overall colour! These tarantulas are very popular, but aren't good for beginners. Cobalt Blue Tarantulas are extremely aggressive and fast. Even the spiderlings of this species have been known to show aggression! The Cobalt Blue Tarantula is uncommon in the wild, but is becoming more and more familiar in captivity. These tarantulas spin large webs even though they do spend most of their time in their burrow if given the opportunity. The Cobalt Blue Tarantula is an amazing tarantula for anybody who dares to keep it!

Photo Description: ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by Kelly Swift. - Photo taken by Zane "Cash" Vanlandingham Jr.

Range:

Semi-cleared tropical forests of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

Type:

Burrowing.

Diet:

Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects.

Full Grown Size:

4 to 5 inches.

Growth Rate:

Fast speed.

Temperature:

80 to 90? F.

Housing:

Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10-gallon tank. Floor space is as important as height.

Temperament:

Aggressive and nervous

Humidity:

78 to 82%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

Substrate:

5 to 6 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.

Decor:

No decorations are really needed. Moss can be added for floor cover, but leave some areas open for burrowing in the substrate.

Other Names:

N/A.


Columbian Giant Tarantula (Megaphobema robustum) by Jon Fouskaris

Columbian Giant Tarantula

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The Columbian Giant Tarantula is a very beautiful, large, and unusual tarantula. They are a very popular species for advanced collectors, but they can get expensive. Columbian Giant Tarantulas are known for their unusual defensive behaviours. These tarantulas are of course able to flick urticating hairs and bite, like the usual New World tarantula species, but wait... there's more. They will stretch out their legs, and bob up and down as a first effort to scare away or intimidate the predator. If that doesn't work, then Columbian Giant Tarantulas will then spin in a circle while whipping their legs around trying to hit the predator with the sharp spikes on their back legs. The Columbian Giant Tarantula is an amazing tarantula species like no other!

Photo Description: ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by Worldwide Exotics. - Photo taken by Worldwide Exotics.

Range:

Tropical rainforests of Columbia, as well as northern and southern Brazil.

Type:

Burrowing.

Diet:

Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets. Adults eat crickets, other large insects, small lizards, pinkie mice, and even an occasional fuzzy mouse.

Full Grown Size:

6.5 to 8 inches.

Growth Rate:

Slow speed.

Temperature:

75 to 80? F.

Housing:

Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 15-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.

Temperament:

Aggressive and nervous

Humidity:

78 to 82%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

Substrate:

6 to 8 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.

Decor:

No decorations are really needed.

Other Names:

Columbian Redleg Tarantula, Columbian Giant Redleg Tarantula, and Giant Columbian Redleg Tarantula


King Baboon Tarantula (Citharischius crawshayi) by Jon Fouskaris

King Baboon Tarantula

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The King Baboon Tarantula is one of the most prized tarantulas in the hobby. These impressive tarantulas are rusty red to bright brown and reach a massive body size! The photo to the left shows an adult female next to a US 25 cent piece. Although the King Baboon Tarantula has many good features, it is an extremely aggressive species, and should be owned by experienced keepers only. These tarantulas will stand up on their hind legs in a defensive position, and even make a hissing noise at the first sign of danger, which can be almost anything to them such as fingers, a pair of tongs, etc. King Baboon Tarantulas have been known to stay in their burrows for months at a time, therefore they don't make the best display tarantulas. In the wild, they are found in deep burrows at the base of acadia bushes. The venom from King Baboon Tarantulas are said to be more toxic than most other tarantulas, which makes it more qualified to be kept by experienced hobbyists, and not beginners. Besides that, the King Baboon Tarantula makes a great tarantula for the serious collector!

Photo Description: ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by Mike - Photo taken by Mike

Range:

Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda in dry acadia scrublands

Type:

Burrowing

Diet:

Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, other large insects, pinkie mice, and an occasional fuzzy mouse.

Full Grown Size:

6.5 to 9 inches.

Growth Rate:

Slow speed.

Temperature:

75 to 90? F.

Housing:

Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 20-gallon tank. Floor space is as important as height.

Temperament:

Aggressive and nervous.

Humidity:

75 to 80%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" legspan may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

Substrate:

6 to 8 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.

Decor:

No decorations are really needed,but you can add a log, or cork bark.

Other Names:

N/A.


Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula (Cyriopagopus thorelli) by Jon Fouskaris

Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula

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The Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula is a very rare and beautiful Asian tarantula. They grow to a fairly large size, and are a gem to any serious hobbyist! The Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula is a fast and aggressive species, like many other tarantulas from Asia, and will not tolerate you getting near it. They will face anybody, or anything, even if they are grossly out-sized! The Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula can be hard to establish in captivity, because many wild-caught tarantulas are full of parasites. That is why captive-bred spiders should be bought over wild-caught spiders. The first captive breeding of this species in the US, and possibly the world, was in April 2000. It was a cooperative effort between Frank Somma and his partner Tommy. The eggsac was dropped in June of the same year, and it contained some 200 spiderlings. This tarantula is still not common enough for someone to easily obtain a captive-bred Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula. Until then, the Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula will remain to be a rare, beautiful, and challenging species for collectors to want, hope, and wait for.

Photo Description: SUB-ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by Frank Somma. - Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.

Range:

Tropical rainforests of Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

Type:

Terrestrial, but will burrow to some extent

Diet:

Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, other large insects, small lizards, and an occasional pinkie mouse.

Full Grown Size:

6 to 8 inches.

Growth Rate:

Medium speed.

Temperature:

75 to 90? F.

Housing:

Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 5 to 10-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.

Temperament:

Aggressive and nervous

Humidity:

78 to 82%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

Substrate:

4 to 5 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.

Decor:

Live plants, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places. Moss can be added for floor cover.

Other Names:

Asian Chevron Tarantula, and Malaysian Blue Tarantula.


Thailand Black Tarantula (Haplopelma minax) by Jon Fouskaris

Thailand Black Tarantula

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The Thailand Black Tarantula is a fast and very aggressive tarantula species. Thailand Black Tarantulas have been regarded to as "evil", "ferocious", and "wicked" by many experienced hobbyists, and trust me from first-hand experience, those are words of wisdom! These tarantulas aren't very colourful or rare, but they still make good challenges for tarantula collectors! Thailand Black Tarantulas can and will make deep burrows. Many Thailand Black Tarantulas that are imported from south-east Asia have parasites which has led to death in many spiders. That is one reason why you should buy a captive-bred tarantula over a wild-caught specimen. Thailand Black Tarantulas are on the less expensive side, when it comes to Asian tarantulas. If you are a hobbyist, and you think you can handle an "evil" tarantula, the Thailand Black Tarantula is a good species for you!

Photo Description: UNSEXED ADULT - Specimen provided by Steven Cheung. - Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.

Range:

Tropical forests of Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.

Type:

Burrowing.

Diet:

Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects.

Full Grown Size:

4 to 4.5 inches.

Growth Rate:

Fast speed.

Temperature:

80 to 90? F.

Housing:

Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 5 to 10-gallon tank. Floor space is as important as height.

Temperament:

Aggressive and nervous

Humidity:

78 to 82%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

Substrate:

5 to 6 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.

Decor:

No decorations are really needed. Moss can be added for floor cover, but leave some areas open for burrowing in the substrate.

Other Names:

Thai Black Tarantula, and Asian Bird Eating Spider.


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