Brazilian Black (G. pulchra)
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The Brazilian Black Tarantula, scientifically known as Grammostola pulchra, is a captivating species native to the lush forests of Brazil. Renowned for its striking appearance and intriguing behaviors, this tarantula is highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors.
As its name suggests, the Brazilian Black Tarantula boasts a glossy black exoskeleton that gives it a sleek and elegant appearance. Its entire body, including the legs and abdomen, is enveloped in this deep ebony coloration, creating a visually stunning contrast against its surroundings. The smooth and reflective surface of its exoskeleton enhances its allure.
Despite its intimidating appearance, the Brazilian Black Tarantula tends to have a calm and docile temperament. It is known for its relatively placid nature, making it a popular choice for those looking to keep tarantulas as pets. While it may exhibit defensive behaviors when threatened, such as rearing up its front legs or rubbing its abdomen with its hind legs, it is generally not aggressive towards humans.
In the wild, this species constructs intricate burrows as its habitat. These burrows serve as both a refuge from predators and a strategic location for ambushing prey. The Brazilian Black Tarantula primarily feeds on insects and small invertebrates, employing its powerful fangs and venom to subdue its prey.
New World - Terrestrial
Brazil and Uruguay
Sling- Sling box or 16oz deli cup
Juvenile - 7x4x4 enclosure
Sub-Adult - 9x6x6 enclosure, 2 ½ or 5 gallon tank
Adult - 12x8x8 enclosure or 10 gallon tank
Provide them with a cork bark hide, water dish, a little sphagnum moss (optional) and straight coco fiber. However a substrate like jungle mix or creature soil which is mainly peat moss, a little soil and a small amount of sand. Coco fiber works very well and is the least expensive.
Roaches, crickets and mealworms is our recommended foods. However, superworms are also acceptable when they reach adulthood.
65-85F, heating generally isn’t a concern with this species, and they do well at room temperature.
60%-75%, slings should stay on lightly moist substrate, adults should have a water dish and a corner of their enclosure that goes through a wet/dry cycle, moistening the substrate and then leaving it alone until it dries out.
Adults can reach up to 6" diagonal leg span.
6-20 years (Males 6-8 years, with females drastically outliving them at 20+ years)
We do not recommend keeping tarantulas as they will cannibalize each other. Its best to keep tarantulas in individual enclosures.
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