Bolivian Dwarf Beauty (Cyriocosmus perezmilesi)
Native to the region of Bolivia, Cyriocosmus Perezmilesi is a docile and relatively calm tarantula. Widely known as the Bolivian Dwarf Beauty, these species have assumed this name because of their dwarfish structure. To put it simply, they manage to assume a leg size of only 2 inches, thus the name. These tarantulas do not burrow, nor do they kick out any urticating hair. So, if you’re planning to bring a tarantula as a pet for the first time, they can be a perfect fit. If you bring these tarantulas for the first time, they might seem like a miniature version of the Costa Rican Tiger Rump. With time, however, you will be able to distinguish by their specific traits.
These tarantulas are native to the Bolivian regions. It is owing to their geographical habitat alone that they are known as the Bolivian Dwarf Beauty.
Preferred natural habitat
Native to the Bolivian regions, these tarantulas prefer living in a tropical climate. Their ideal habitat would be in a high to a moderately elevated region that witnesses different kinds of climate. Since they are indigenous to the Bolivian regions, these tarantulas can withstand both warm and cool temperatures. The usual temperature of their natural habitat ranges from 8 degrees to 26 degrees Celsius.
Preferred food in the wild
These tarantulas are usually voracious eaters, and they usually thrive on a meal of fruit flies,
The Bolivian Dwarf Beauty is usually a docile specie. When you keep her as a pet, you’ll notice them spending most of the time idly sitting or lazily moving around. In almost every case, these species won’t kick urticating hair, nor do they give you any threat pose.
Feeding as a pet
When you keep a Bolivian Dwarf Beauty as your pet, you can start out by feeding fruit flies. Eventually, after they assume a bigger size, start introducing baby crickets to them. Finally, when your pet tarantula crosses the threshold of 2 inches, start feeding them small roaches. I usually feed by Dwarf Beauties two roaches and two adult crickets at least once a week. In addition to the food, I have also kept a water tray so that they can reach out for water as and when they need to.
Lifespan both male and female
Like most other tarantulas, the female species of the Bolivian Dwarf Beauty has a lifespan of around 15 years. The male counterpart, however, only manages to live for 5 to 6 years.
Pet enclosure type
The ideal enclosure for these tarantulas would be a spacious spider ling vial that can accommodate at least 3 inches of substrate. If your tarantula is relatively bigger in size, try using a vial that allows at least 3 and half to 4 inches of substrate. The temperature should be around 25 degrees to 28 degrees Celsius and the humidity should be between 65 and 75%. To create a perfectly conducive environment, we would suggest you to, mist the vial at least once in two weeks.
Pet enclosure habitat layout
Since these tarantulas are opportunistic burrowers, we would recommend you to, keep a thick substrate in their enclosure. You can come up with this substrate by creating a concoction of peat moss, coconut fibre, and dirt for additional firmness. You should also place a bark in the terrarium to aid them in burrowing. Additionally, also place a water dish as these tarantulas can get thirsty once in a while.
Mating / reproducing
The Bolivian Dwarf beauty is widely popular as a fast breeder. Due to this reason, mating them won’t be that big of an issue. As you introduce the female to its male counterpart, it will naturally start out mating without any help from your end. Around 15-20 days after the mating, you will be able to see the egg sac, which should then be allowed to rest. Finally, after to 2 to 3 weeks, pull the sac off. If you’re looking to achieve best results, do ensure that the humidity and temperature is always in check.
Being dwarf tarantulas, these species only manage to reach a size of 2 inches. However, in order to achieve that, you will have to feed them regularly (i.e, twice a week). You should also ensure that the terrarium is big enough for them to freely move around so that they experience a completely undisturbed growth.