Habitat and appearance
Tarantulas of this genus in their usual environment live in the tropics of South America. The color of the spider changes its color with each new molt. The carapace of this spider has a beautiful golden color. With the molting process, not only the color changes, but also the behavior of the spider. The spider begins to behave more boldly and aggressively, and if you chose it for keeping at home, then you should be extremely careful in handling it. Tweezers should be used to feed and contact the spider in the terrarium.
The spider is classified as a terrestrial species, it prefers to hide in burrows at the foot of trees during the growth period, and after several molts it spends most of its time on the surface.
Maintenance and care
Since the nature of the habitat of spiders is the hot climate of South America, their content should correspond to the maximum. In the terrarium, the temperature should not be lower than 23, and the upper indicator should not be higher than 27, the humidity should be kept at 70-80%. Choose a house for a spider among the horizontal terrarium, since the spider is terrestrial. Its area should be 22 * 20 * 20 centimeters. You can put a shelter device for your pet, but not in principle. Drinking bowl Phormictopus auratus is required with fresh water.
In its terrarium, the spider usually constructs a cobweb trap, profusely wrapping around the substrate. Starting to weave at the very entrance, he places his threads over the entire area.Most likely, in this way he controls the appearance of food in the terrarium or intruders.
Sexual maturity in males occurs by one and a half to two years, and in females by three.
Mating in the female takes place on a full stomach, with a successful outcome, the female weaves a cocoon after 4-6 months. And after another 6-10 weeks, approximately 80-120 spider babies appear.
The spider is distinguished by its special resistance to stress and excellent appetite. Even in stressful situations, they do not experience much discomfort without refusing to eat. They eat it, like many species of tarantulas: marble cockroaches, crickets, locusts and other insects. Juveniles feed more often than adults, for example, spiders should eat half a cricket or a piece of cockroach every 3-4 days. For adults, you can choose large insects and feed safely once a week, at two.
Features of the
Phormictopus auratus has all the qualities to recommend it as a pet even to a beginner. Beautiful external iridescent color, good appetite, large size of the spider and simple maintenance. Not a fan of hide and seek, so he always gives the opportunity to watch the tarantula.
Published on 09 Dec 2016 at 22:52. Rubric: Terrestrial tarantulas, Genus Phormictopus. You can follow any responses to this entry via RSS 2.0.
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