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These BEAUTIFUL creatures are about 5 inches from toe to toe and can easily fill the palm of an adult hand. While not overly aggressive, they will throw off urticating hairs which can cause serious injury to your eyes.
You might be surprised to learn that this species is arboreal - meaning they live in trees. In fact, we see them frequently along the canopy walkway at ACTS where bromeliads seem to be a favorite hangout..probably because they can find an easy meal of insects or small lizards.
Fun fact: tarantula venom contains a peptide that is proving effective in fighting muscular dystrophy, breast cancer, chronic pain, and heart disease. Coming soon to a pharmacy near you?? Avicularia avicularia are among the tarantulas most commonly kept as pets. Photo taken by Amazon Workshops Faculty Member, Phil Whitman.