Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pinktoe Tarantula

Well, I'll be! The things I come across when I google the word PINK! Today's freakshow is called the Pinktoe Tarantula!

[from Wikipedia] here is all the info on this magnificent PINK creature!

The pinktoe tarantula, Avicularia avicularia, is a species of tarantula native to South America, Costa Rica to Brazil, and the southern Caribbean. This species is sometimes called the Guyana pinktoe, Common pinktoe or South American pinktoe since they are frequently harvested from those areas, and has pink feet pads.

The mature pinktoe tarantula has a dark-colored body and pinkish feet, in keeping with its name. Juvenile specimens, however, have pinkish bodies and dark-colored feet. Pinktoe tarantulas undergo a reversal in their coloration as they approach adulthood at 4-5 years.

These types of tarantulas are very docile, albeit nervous and jumpy, and are frequently kept as pets. Although all tarantulas are prone to cannibalism, pinktoes are more tolerant of one another and can be stored in the same vivarium, if it is large enough. Being arboreal species, they require a relatively tall habitat with plenty of climbing space. They require a lot of moisture, along with ample ventilation to prevent molds from developing.

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