Pink Toed Tarantula

(Avicularia avicularia)



Pink-toed tarantulas earned their name as a result of their pink or orange-tipped legs. These arachnids are arboreal and, unlike most other terrestrial tarantula species, tend to jump. They require humid, hot conditions. The eating habits of pink-toed tarantulas are similar to those of other tarantula species: they consume large insects, as well as small animals such as reptiles. Tree frogs may also become the prey of the pink-toed tarantula.

Known as the clown of tarantulas, pink-toed tarantulas are docile and usually bite only when provoked. Prior to biting, they exhibit warning postures and use urticating hairs along their abdomens to deter attackers. Unlike other tarantula species, pink-toed tarantulas are not able to release these urticating hairs and must instead make direct contact with predators. They have been recorded projecting fecal matter at enemies as another way to drive attackers away.

Pink-toed tarantulas are present primarily in New World tropical forested zones. Females produce many eggs at once and encase them in silk. The female will then protect this cocoon until the spiderlings hatch, typically several weeks later.

A related species of the pink-toed spider, the Antilles pink-toed (Avicularia versicolor) changes color as it matures. Newly hatched spiderlings bear blue markings. As spiderlings grow, these markings turn light pink and eventually redden. Antilles pink toe tarantulas prefer arboreal dwelling places.

The Brazilian salmon pink tarantula (Lasiodora parahybana), is not as docile as other tarantula species. These spiders consume various prey, including invertebrates like insects and vertebrates like snakes or lizards. They can grow up to 25 cm in size.

The Mexican pink leg tarantula (Brachypelma klaasi) is a rare spider native to the humid, deciduous forest zones of Mexico. As with most tarantulas, females grow larger than males.

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