Coasta Rican Orange Mouth (Psalmopoeus reduncus)
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The Psalmopoeus reduncus, commonly known as the Costa Rican Orange Mouth Tarantula, is a striking species found in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. This tarantula species is recognized for its captivating appearance and intriguing behaviors.
The Costa Rican Orange Mouth Tarantula features a combination of colors on its exoskeleton. Its cephalothorax and legs showcase deep shades of brown or black, providing a contrasting background for the vibrant red-orange hairs that cover its abdomen. These fiery hairs, extending from the abdomen to the back legs, lend it a distinct and eye-catching look.
While generally known for its skittish temperament, the Costa Rican Orange Mouth Tarantula can exhibit defensive behaviors when threatened. It may raise its front legs as a warning, displaying its fangs. Additionally, it possesses the ability to flick urticating hairs from its abdomen, serving as a defense mechanism that causes discomfort to potential predators.
In its natural habitat, this species constructs silk-lined burrows or seeks refuge in leaf litter and tree hollows. Nocturnal in nature, it actively hunts for prey during the night. Its diet primarily consists of insects and small invertebrates, which it captures and immobilizes with its sharp fangs and venom.
New World - Arboreal
Sling- Sling box or 16oz deli cup
Juvenile - 4x4x7 enclosure
Sub-Adult - 6x6x9 enclosure, 2 ½ or 5 gallon tank
Adult - 8x8x12 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.
76-82F, heating generally isn’t a concern with this species, and they do well at room temperature.
65%-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 5"+ diagonal leg span.
3-12 years (Males 3-4 years, with females drastically outliving them at 12+ 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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