One of the most loved species among arachnid enthusiasts is the Pink Toe tarantula (Avicularia avicularia). This is partially because of the spider’s docile and overall sweet nature and partially because it is an easy species to care for.
Pink Toe tarantulas reach an average adult size of roughly five inches in leg span. The species is native to Brazil, Guyana and other parts of the Amazon Basin. Pink Toe tarantulas are arboreal, meaning they dwell in trees in nature. Because of this, your tarantula’s enclosure should be tall rather than long and should have plants and other decorative items as anchors for the spider to secure its web to. Ventilation and humidity are the two most important things to take into consideration when setting up the enclosure, as this species needs plenty of both. The enclosure should be well ventilated to prevent mold growth, and the humidity level should be kept between 78 and 82% The temperature should be kept between 75 and 85 degrees F at all times in order for the spider to thrive. This temperature should be obtained through use of heating pads rather than lamps.
One of the most unique things about this species is that unlike other species, they can be kept communally. While most other species are highly territorial and will kill one another, the Pink Toe tarantula can easily be kept with other spiders of the same species. If you choose to keep several Pink Toes in the same enclosure, just be sure to provide plenty of room for the spiders and try to only keep spiders of the same size together. While cannibalism among this species is extremely rare, it is more likely to happen when keeping spiders of assorted sizes together.
Because Pink Toe tarantulas are very docile, they are a great species to own if you are interested in handling your spider. When handling your pink toe, always be sure to hold the spider no more than a few inches above the ground. Even a short fall can kill your Pink Toe if its abdomen ruptures. Be very gentle when handling your spider and pay attention to its behavior to watch for signs that it feels threatened. Pink Toe tarantulas have urticating hairs on their abdomen that they will fling as a defense mechanism. These hairs can embed themselves in your skin and eyes causing severe pain and agitation. The Pink Toes fangs can pierce human flesh, though their venom is not strong enough to kill a human.
Like all other tarantula species, Pink Toes molt on a regular basis in order to grow. Molting occurs when the spider literally sheds its previous exoskeleton. This process normally occurs with the spider laying on its back, so do not be alarmed the first time you find your tarantula in this position. Do not disturb your Pink Toe while it is molting, as this can result in the spider’s death. After the spider has finished molting, it will appear pale in color and soft. Refrain from touching or feeding the spider until its new exoskeleton has hardened. Another important thing to keep in mind is that your spider may refuse food for up to several weeks before molting, so try not to be alarmed if this happens.
Pink Toe tarantulas eat insects and other invertebrates. Crickets, locusts and meal worms serve as the perfect meals for this species. An adult sized Pink Toe only needs to eat several adult sized crickets per week in order to stay healthy. The abdomen should never appear overly large or shriveled. A small, shallow water dish can be placed in the enclosure if desired, providing that your spider has a leg span of at least three inches.