We just got ourselves a beautiful female Avicularia avicularia or commonly known as the “Pink Toed” tarantula. The Chilean rose hair, Mexican red knee and Pink toed tarantula are the three most popular species of tarantulas, and are perfect for the beginners. Today we’ll be exploring the rather peculiar and beautiful Pink Toed Tarantula.
It isn’t hard to see where the name “Pink Toed” comes from when looking at this tarantula species. Simply put they have these pink toes that are striking against their typically blue bodies. Popular among the hobbyists for their beautiful colourations the Pink Toed Tarantula is a South American, though the name “Pink Toed” often refers to more than a two dozen species of Avicularia, the name Pink Toed Tarantula is commonly held for the species: Avicularia avicularia.
This blue bodied tarantula reaching lengths of up to 5 inches are astonishing. Not only are they pretty to look at their habits and personalities make them a very unique tarantula species to own.
Being a New World species of tarantula they are often docile, though they are incredibly swift and agile–making handling this particular species of tarantula difficult. Despite being a tarantula at young ages they can actually be kept socially if the right conditions are met. They also happen to be an arboreal species of tarantula.
An arboreal species of tarantula is essentially a tarantula that prefers to dwell high above the ground, terrestrial being a tarantula that enjoys ground level. Being an arboreal species, the Pink Toed Tarantula is well known for the intricate cobwebs they often make high in their terrariums.
They also require quite a bit of ventilation, temperatures of 75-85 Fahrenheit and a humidity level of 78% to 82%. Traditionally arboreal species of tarantula are fed with feeding tangs, they can be finicky eaters and may not go to the bottom to hunt themselves. Luckily Pink Toed Tarantulas are active little guys and most likely explore it’s terrarium bottom and all. Though feeding tongs should still be a requirement just in case your Pink Toed Tarantula refuses to hunt at the bottom.
Pink Toed Tarantulas also have a unique defence. Though all tarantulas are venomous and you should consult a doctor if one is bit, their venom generally isn’t hazardous. Those who are sensitive or allergic to tarantula venom however can make for a dangerous time. For this reason it is advised that people don’t handle their tarantula, not just for the fear of being bit but also it can be quite stressful on the tarantula themselves. They do not require our interaction and socialisation. Be smart and don’t learn the hard way!
Despite biting, which rarely occurs, they have other defence mechanisms at their disposal. They are fast little guys! They use their speed to their advantage when they feel threatened or intimidated, able to quickly escape from their threat this is another reason why we advise not to handle this particular tarantula.
Like most other New World tarantulas they also have very interesting hairs called urticating hairs which they fling in the air. These little hairs are incredibly irritating, one should never scratch as this will simply push the hairs deeper into the skin which can cause infections and inflammation. If you happen to get urticating hairs on you simply use duck tape and gently wash area with warm water and soap.
Not only are they speedy go getters, throw hairs in the air that are incredibly irritating and can also leave a nasty bite, they also have this notorious habit of squirting faecal matter, essentially flinging their waste of predators. No one likes a face full of feces.
These evolutionary defence tactics make the Pink Toed Tarantula a resourceful creature.
As mentioned above ventilation is important for this particular species of tarantula due to the high humidity, fungus has been known to grow in their lungs and eventually kill these beautiful animals.
They make an excellent beginner species due to their easy diets, maintenance and animal husbandry care. With beautiful colourations and unique defences and personalities they’re a remarkable tarantula species to own.