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Pink-toe Tarantula

Avicularia sp.

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Yellow banded pinktoe
Avicularia juruensis


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7 Comments

StefanPhalagorn
StefanPhalagorn 5 years ago

It's not an Avicularia avicularia! The yellow bands on metatarsus and tibia distally tells it's an Avicularia juruensis or Avicularia bicegoi . ;)

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 years ago

Beautiful!

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Amazon Awareness Week Fun Fact! Even the name Tarantula is enough to strike fear in the hearts of many people – in fact, despite their reputation, tarantulas do not typically present a danger to humans, though care should be taken whilst handling some species as they are able to throw off irritating hairs called urticating hairs, which can cause injury to your eyes.

Tarantula venom contains a peptide that is proving effective in fighting muscular dystrophy, breast cancer, chronic pain, and heart disease.

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TicThapanya
TicThapanya 6 years ago

wow amazing shot!!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 years ago

Awww, cute!

Jack Settle
Jack Settle 6 years ago

Yeah!

AmazonWorkshops
AmazonWorkshops 6 years ago

@ jack settle. Makes you wonder how they use that particular defense mechanism in the wild!

Jack Settle
Jack Settle 6 years ago

Some people in the tarantula hobby call them "poop cannons" as sometimes they will shoot poop while handling lol!

AmazonWorkshops
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AmazonWorkshops

Indiana, Loreto, Peru

Lat: -3.26, Long: -72.92

Spotted on Feb 14, 2010
Submitted on Feb 21, 2013

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