Trinidad Chevron Tarantula (Psalmopoeus cambridgei)
The Trinidad Chevron tarantula (Psalmopoeus cambidgei) is a unique old world tarantula native to Trinidad (hence the name). They are easily distinguishable by their beautiful markings. Ranging from a dark green, grey or dark brown base, an abdomen with multiple Chevron patterns and lighter coloured hairs covering its entire body giving it a furry look.
It is a tree dwelling tarantula that creates webbed hideouts within the nooks and crannies of trees, logs and vegetation.
Due to their cantankerous and aggressive demeanour this tarantula is definitely not for a beginner to the hobby. This spider will not tolerate being handled in anyway shape or form. If you are lucky enough not to get bitten then a threat posture is expected.
Many enthusiasts have gushed that this species is a fantastic eater with a great appetite. Crickets, mealworms and cockroaches are a common favourite.
After reaching full maturity a female can easily live till around 12 years old, the males a quarter of that; living till around four years old.
It is not unusual for the female Trinidad Chevron tarantula to be defensive and grumpy with her potential suitor. He will have to work hard to court her, mate with her and make a fast exit before getting turned into a meal. The male will have to count on his owner to act as his wingman to put something in-between him and the female should she show signs of aggression towards him. Considering how fast this species is and the larger and heavier size of the female; vigilance is necessary
A fairly large tank, around 11x11x11 is more than suitable. A hollow branch, log or similar for the tarantula to hide away in will be much appreciated. As with tarantulas in general; a very, very secure lid is a must. They are excellent escape artists which will capitalise on the slightest gap or hole. This is one species you do not want to escape in your home and have the job of trying to catch while avoid getting bitten.
As this species is a tree dweller; you do not need to worry too much about deep substrate on the floor of your enclosure. It has been said that spiderlings or young tarantulas of this species may burrow into the substrate until they reach a larger size, however an inch or two is more than enough. Creating a livelier environment for your Trinidad Chevron will encourage it to venture outside its hidey hole more often. Places to climb and new places to explore and cover in webbing. Plants, real or fake will make a huge difference in the open activity levels of your tarantula.
Depending on who you talk to you will get a variation of answers. It is generally agreed that this is a fast growing tarantula. Within a year a spiderling can grow up to 3 inches; this could also be down to their ravenous appetite.
This beautiful breed of tarantula requires a lovely exotic heat of around 80 degrees and will not tolerate too far above or below this number. A high level of humidity is a must; in order to accurately stimulate their natural environment, their enclosure is required to be around 75% humidity. This can be achieved by spraying the enclosure itself or overfilling the water bowl and allowing it to dry out before doing again.
This glorious tarantula is more for enjoying from a safe distance. Some enthusiasts have spoke of the female throwing the threat posture when their owner merely walks by, let alone attempting to change or clean up their enclosure. Due to their aggressive nature some enthusiasts try and upgrade their environment early on to avoid having to do it too often. As the tarantula grows it will get more confident spending more time out in the open. This is not to say it will head for cover the moment you get close enough.
If you have managed to have a successful mating and also the male has got out whole then you should be lucky enough to get an egg sac. It is recommended that once you have spotted the female with an egg sac that you should leave her be for just under 30 days. Any type of disturbance on your part make cause the female to cannibalise the egg sac or just leave it all together. After these 30 days have passed then with great care you should be able to artificially incubate the egg sac.