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 defining aspects is its leg span of 4.7 inches. Although its leg span is small in terms of tarantula species, it still happens to have the largest leg span in its genus. These tarantulas are also quite active in nature, and a large part of their lifespan is spent in spinning webs. The Costa Rican Spider Rump is also known to be an avid burrower. So it is difficult to spot them in the wild as they spend a significant chunk of their time, burrowing.
The Costa Rican Tiger Rump is native to the Costa Rican region.
Preferred natural habitat
These tarantulas prefer living in low humidity areas. Their ideal temperature ranges from 70 to 80 degrees and their average humidity ranges from 75 to 80 percent. Since these spiders are avid burrowers, it is difficult to spot them in the wild.
Preferred food in the wild
Costa Rican Tiger Rumps eat voraciously. In the wild, they thrive on a diet of crickets, earthworms, and any other small insect that they happen to find. They are also known to be scavengers, since they thrive on dead insects at various instances.
Costa Rican Tiger Rumps are usually an active specie that spends a large part of their time spinning webs and burrowing. These spiders, however, can be extremely skittish in nature. Since they are also quite defensive, you can expect them to kick back urticating hairs at the minimum disturbance. Due to their skittish nature, it is recommended to handle them with utmost care.
Feeding as a pet
Full grown adult Tiger Rumps are voracious eaters. So, you should try feeding them a generous number of roaches and pinhead crickets. Since they are also popular as scavengers, you can also feed them your pre-killed crickets.
Lifespan both male and female
Costa Rican spider rumps are fast growers. Typically, the male spider has a lifespan of 5 to 6 years, while their female counterpart’s lifespan ranges from 8 to 10 years.
Pet enclosure type
Although these spiders do not have a relatively big leg span, you should keep them in a 10 to 15, gallon, enclosure. Juveniles, however, can be kept in relatively small containers like a critter keeper or deli cup. A large enclosure for the adult will allow them to move freely with little to minimum obstruction.
Pet enclosure habitat layout
Since these spiders are avid burrowers, the substrate for your adult Costa Rican Tiger Rump should be at least 4 to 6 inches. For the material, you can come up with a concoction of soil, peat moss and similar other products. While putting this tarantula in their enclosure, you should ensure that they are kept in room temperature. Although the temperature can be increased, the humidity should be consistently low. Additionally, it is a good practice keep a source of water available near the enclosure. You should also spray water or mist the enclosure at least a couple of times throughout the week. If your tarantula is still at their juvenile stage, it is recommended to spray mist at least once every week.
Mating / reproducing
Since they are extremely skittish, mating a Costa Rican Tiger Rump isn’t always the easiest job. The process requires plenty of time, so we suggest you to be patient through and through. When the male is introduced to the female in its terrarium for the first time, the former would be extremely cautious. But be patient and give him the time to settle. Also make sure that the environment doesn’t have any vibration.
Breeding can be started four to six weeks after the female counterpart has molted. If she molts during the pairing, there’s a high chance of the eggs getting unfertilized.
After completing the mating, separate the male and female counterpart with tweezers. This should be done immediately after the mating. The female will typically start with making her cocoon, within 1 to 3 months of the mating.
Costa Rican Tiger Rumps are fast growers. However, their maximum leg span is only 4 inches.