Category: Tarantula Species

Tarantulas belong to the theraphosidae spider family. They comprise a group of quite large and usually hairy arachnids. To date there are 947 confirmed tarantula species inhabiting planet earth. While each species have their own unique characteristics there are numerous traits that are common among all tarantula species. In essence they are all large spiders which hunt at night. They have large fangs but their venom in generally harmless to humans, resulting in nothing more than you would expect from a bee sting. Tarantulas can’t chew their food, instead the venom they inject breaks the internal tissues of its prey down so the tarantula can simply ‘suck it out’. A common defense for tarantulas is to flick the hairs from it abdomen which cause irritation. Before a tarantula ‘attacks’ it will generally give you warning by leaning back on its legs and showing its fangs. For many people tarantulas are the stuff of nightmares, but as long as you respect the fact they are a wild animal and treat them with care, they can make an awesome pet.

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Kilimanjaro mustard baboon

Summary/Introduction Kilimanjaro mustard baboon is a ground-dwelling, old-world spider. Baboon spiders are known to be African bird spiders (belonging to Harpactirinae, a sub-family of tarantulas). They are not very colorful and don’t grow large in...

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Panama Blonde Tarantula

Summary/Introduction Panama Blonde tarantulas are gorgeous spiders covered in mesmerizing blonde hairs which give them a fluffy outlook. They have a creamy golden carapace with a black patch on the abdomen. When they grow...

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Venezuelan suntiger

Summary/Introduction Venezuelan suntiger tarantulas are the exotic new world arboreal spiders. They are very attractive and gorgeous black spiders with orange chevron and leg markings similar to tiger stripes. . They are popular among...

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Red slate ornamental

Introduction Red slate ornamental tarantula is also known as Travancore slate-red, Rufus parachute spider or Reddish parachute spider.It is one of the biggest members of this species. It has been listed endangered due to its...

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Rameshwaram Ornamental Tarantula

Introduction Rameshwaram ornamental spider is a species of arboreal spiders that dwell in trees and sail down like a leaf hence often called parachute spider. It is also known as Rameshwaram parachute ornamental. Named...


Salem Ornamental Tarantula

Summary/Introduction Salem ornamental tarantulas are the beautiful parachute spiders. They got the name Salem because they are found in Salem, India. These arboreal tarantulas grow large with intricate patterns. You will find gorgeous purple...

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Red Island Birdeater Tarantula

Red Island Birdeater Tarantulas are stunningly large terrestrial spiders. They are typically bronze-brown but can have a pinkish sheen after moulting. Red Island Birdeaters have a reputation for being skittish, ornery and defensive. These...


Davus Fasciatum – Costa Rican Tiger Rump

Widely popular as the Costa Rican Tiger Rump, Davus Fasciatum is a new world tarantula that’s native to the Costa Rican region. While this spider is unique for its beautiful hue, one of its...


Cyriopagopus sp hati hati – Purple Earth Tiger Tarantula

Widely popular as the Purple Earth Tiger, the Cyriopagopus sp hati hati is a spectacular old-world tarantula with dark purplish hues along its body. This tarantula features dark, multi-coloured femurs and a striking, more...