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Guatemalan Tiger Rump (Davus pentaloris)

Guatemalan Tiger Rump (Davus pentaloris)

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The Guatemalan Tiger Rump Tarantula, scientifically known as Davus pentaloris, is a fascinating and visually striking species native to the tropical forests of Guatemala and Honduras. Its common name derives from the distinctive banding pattern found on its abdomen, reminiscent of a tiger's stripes.

This tarantula species boasts a combination of vibrant colors on its exoskeleton. Its cephalothorax displays hues of deep black and rich orange, while its abdomen showcases alternating bands of black and orange or tan, creating a captivating striped appearance. These bold colors and patterns make the Guatemalan Tiger Rump Tarantula a visually captivating arachnid.

Despite its captivating appearance, this species is known for its skittish and defensive nature. When threatened, it may exhibit defensive behaviors such as rearing up on its hind legs and rubbing its abdomen with its hind legs, as well as flicking urticating hairs from its abdomen. These hairs can cause irritation and discomfort to potential predators or perceived threats.

In its natural habitat, the Guatemalan Tiger Rump Tarantula constructs burrows or hides under logs and foliage. It is a primarily nocturnal hunter, preying on insects and small invertebrates. With its agile movements and potent venom, this tarantula subdues and immobilizes its prey before feeding.

New World - Terrestrial

Davus pentaloris

Southern Mexico and Guatemala

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.

75-80F, heating generally isn’t a concern with this species, and they do well at room temperature.

75%-80%, 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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