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  • Avicularia/Caribena versicolor (Martinique pinktoe) 1/2-3/4"
Avicularia/Caribena versicolor (Martinique pinktoe) 1/2-3/4"

Avicularia/Caribena versicolor (Martinique pinktoe) 1/2-3/4"

These spiderlings are currently feeding on "pinhead" roaches. Recommended enclosure: Arboreal Spiderling Enclosure Kit.

Avicularia versicolor is also known as the Martinique pink toe or the Martinique tree spider. They are one of the most popular tarantulas due to their temperament and color. Beautiful blue spiderlings morph into multicolor adults sporting green, blue, red and purple hues with pink toes. This docile yet skittish species is not usually aggressive and is a good beginner arboreal. 

Arboreal/Terrestrial: Arboreal 

Communal: No

Difficulty: Beginner to intermediate. 

Growth speed: Fast (2-4 years to maturity)

Humidity: High (75%)

Longevity: Males 2-3 years, females 8-12 years 

Origin: New World. Native to the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. 

Size: 4-6" 

Speed: Medium to fast 

Temperament: This species is usually more skittish than aggressive. Most would rather flee or shoot feces than bite.

Temperature: 70° or higher, 75°-80° is ideal. This species is fine when kept in "room temperature"conditions.

Urticating Hairs: Yes, mild to moderate

Venom: Mild

Enclosure: This tarantula is arboreal. It requires an enclosure that is taller than it is long. An adult would be quite comfortable in an enclosure that is 8 wide by 14 tall. The enclosure must be well ventilated to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. It should also provide your spider with many objects in which to climb and to build their web. Corkbark and plants, both live and silk are excellent for terrariums. 

It is ideal for this tarantulas enclosure to open from the side instead of the top. The spider will most likely make its web high in the enclosure attached to the top. If the door is on top the web will most likely be damaged every time the enclosure is opened. This can be stressful for a spider. If a side opening enclosure is not available it is recommended that plenty of bark and/or foliage is provided to keep the tarantula from webbing on the lid.

Larger spiders (2" and over) should be provided with a shallow water dish in order to drink. The waterbowl should be rinsed out every time it is refilled. In order to keep the humidity up and your tarantula hydrated mist every couple of days and allow the terrarium to dry out every couple of weeks. Do not saturate your substrate. 

Make sure there is sufficient substrate for your Arboreal tarantula. I like to use cocofiber as a substrate for all my tarantulas. Cocofiber, potting soil, peat moss, vermiculite or a mix of those are commonly used substrates. Please make sure the substrate you use is organic and chemical/fertilizer free. Do not use sand, pebbles, rocks or woodchips. Make sure there is enough substrate for your Arboreal. For adults at least 3 inches. 

Feeding: Adults will eat every 3-10 days depending on the size of the spider and its prey. Spiderlings should eat more often, every 2-5 days.

If you have the option feed your tarantula a variety of nutritious foods. For spiderlings this can include (but is not limited to) flightless fruit flies (FFF), pinhead crickets and mealworms. Juvenile and adults can eat crickets, cockroaches, mealworms and moths. It is not advised to feed your tarantula wild-caught food. It could contain parasites or pesticides that could be fatal. Keep foodwaste out of your tarantulas enclosure. If your tarantula does not eat it's food in 24 hours remove it and try again in a few days.

It is suggested that Avicularia sp. eat around 20-40% vertebrate prey in the wild however, I do not feed my tarantulas vertebrates nor do I recommend feeding vertebrates. It is thought by many that calcium may lead to molt problems. To my knowledge this theory has yet to be proven or dis-proven. Vertebrates can also cause harm to a spider. They are stronger and can have claws and teeth.

Additional Information: This spider is more sensitive than many terrestrials which is why it is not completely a beginner species. Dehydration or over misting/watering for an extended period of time can result in a dead spider. It takes a bit of practice to get down proper misting. I mist my tarantulas cages every 2-3 days or so and allow the substrate to dry out in between. I mist the sides and top of the enclosure and only lightly mist the substrate (if at all). An A. versicolor tarantula spiderling was my first tarantula. I don't see why someone else can't do the same. It requires a bit more participation then your "average tarantula" If you are willing to be a bit more attentive this is one of the most beautiful, interesting and rewarding species kept in the hobby.

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