The Chaco golden knee tarantula Grammostola pulchripesbristling with hair and boasting leg spans of up to 8 inches, may appear formidable, but they are among the calmest spiders in the pet trade. Their needs are simple, and they live for a long time -- 15 years or more. Bear that in mind before rushing to add one to your menagerie.
The Six most popular species of Tarantula Spiders. Tarantula spiders can make interesting pets. They are exotic and will impress your friends and family in one way or anotherand are easier to care for than many other types of animal pets.
Mike's Basic Tarantula. A Basic Site for the Tarantula enthusiast. Grammostola pulchripes.
May 23, by allthingsbiological. Newly eclosed Chaco golden knee tarantula Grammostola pulchripes and its freshly shed exoskeleton. Click image to enlarge. Chaco golden knees Grammostola pulchripesnative to Argentina, Uraguay and Paraguy, are large tarantulas that may achieve an adult diagonal leg span of 8.
After reading this page, please also visit our Care Videos page and view the video clip regarding "Choosing Species". One of the questions I am asked most frequently is "which tarantula is best for the beginner? Tarantulas in general are low maintenance pets, but those that are easiest to care for are those that can be maintained at room temperature in a warm home without any supplemental heat, and those that tolerate a dry cage with a small water dish supplying the only moisture.
They grow to be about 4 to 5 inches in length with females living to be anywhere between 15 to 20 years and males usually between 6 to 9 years. They are great for intermediate hobbyists who have some experience with tarantulas already. Widely sought after due to their black abdomen and white striped legs such stripes as zebrasthese terrestrial burrowers dig deep into the Costa Rican rainforests.
It is commonly seen in grasslands of South America especially in places like Argentina. It is brown in color with golden yellow stripes around the knee joints and legs where the name was derived Chaco golden knee. The Chaco golden knee tarantula is very easy to handle and has a low temperament which makes it a great pet choice for beginners.
These spiders may also be known as bird spiders, monkey spiders, baboon spiders or rain spiders. They are characterized by having tarsi feet with two claws and claw tufts, called scopulae. Related families include the funnel-web spiders and the trap door spiders, which sometimes are also called tarantulas. The family Theraphosidae includes over different species of tarantulas, divided over 12 subfamilies formerly 13 and genera.
This time of year, with the extreme temperatures, can make humidity requirements and water dishes a little bit tricky so it's really important that we keep an eye on our tarantulas and make sure they are ok! This issue I decided to take a break from the baboon tarantulas and explore one of the more common, beginner friendly species, the Grammostola pulchripes. This spider proves that a tarantula does not have to be brightly colored or extra flashy to be a pleasure to keep and look at.
I believe this to be one of the most beautiful tarantula species, with its wonderful golden stripes on its 'knees', hence the other part of its common name. You can see the lovely gold striping clearly in the picture below, which was taken by the very talented Jenny Varley at a macro photography workshop for which I provided all the animal subjects in January ! As well as this lovely picture Jenny also took a couple of others that I really liked - here they are:. Like all tarantulas Fluffy has eight eyes positioned in a small cluster at the front of the carapace head areasome of which can be seen here:.