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Name: The Megaphobema robustum is commonly known as the Colombian Giant Red Leg, its species name has Greek and Latin roots meaning “large and fearsom” and “robust”
Enclosure Size & Setup: This is a terrestrial species. Surface area of the enclosure should be no less than two times the spider's diagonal leg span in one direction, and three times the diagonal leg span in the other. The enclosure should be tall enough to accommodate 2-3 inches of substrate for slings and 4+ inches for adults. Never allow your terrestrial spider more than two times their diagonal leg span as head space above their substrate as a fall from any higher could be catastrophic.
Temperatures (°F): Ideally kept in the 76-84 degree range, temperatures consistently 5 or more degrees outside of this range should be avoided for the wellbeing of the spider.
Humidity: 70%-85%—this can be achieved simply by making sure the substrate is lightly moist.
Size: Specimens sold by Josh's frogs will be at least 1.5 inches at time of sale. Adults can reach up to 8 inch diagonal leg span!
Age: M. robustum babies sold by Josh's Frogs are at least 2-3 months old. Males reach 4-5 years, with females drastically outliving them at 20+ years.
Feeding: At time of sale they are eating 1/2 inch crickets one time per week, food should be sized to about the size of the spider's carapace. Older spiders can eat less frequently, with adults eating every 10-14 days.
Sexing: Due to age, M. robustum spiderlings sold by Josh's Frogs are sold as unsexed. Specimens of 2.5-3 inch diagonal leg span will be able to start being accurately sexed.
The most accurate method is always molt sexing, the molt of a female tarantula of appropriate size will have spermatheca and a uterus externus in between the top two sets of book lungs that will appear as a "flap" that will catch and open if a pin is gently run down this section of the old exoskeleton. Males will have a much more plain slit that will not budge with attempts to manipulate it.
Coloration/Patterning: Slings already have most of their adult coloration, their carapace and abdomen are a velvety black with some reddish hairs on the abdomen, their legs are almost brick red.
Social Behavior: Megaphobema robustum are not social creatures and any attempt to cohabitate will likely result in cannibalism.
Breeding: Spiders for breeding purposes should remain supervised when together and should only be attempted well fed. Mature males can be put in the enclosure of a mature female for courtship/mating. Remove male promptly after insertion is observed, or immediately if female is aggressive rather than receptive.
Natural Range: Colombia
After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.
With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.
If you require further assistance, or prefer to talk to one of our Customer Service agents, please feel free to reach out to our [email protected] email or our phone line 1-800-691-8178.
Import/export restrictions on this product require that it can only be shipped to destinations within the United States.
Restrictions on this product that prohibit shipping to the following states: HI.
This product is covered under our Live Arrival Guarantee. If your insect/animal does not arrive in good health, we'll make it right, provided the following criteria are met:
You'll be notified during the checkout process if your purchase qualifies for our guarantee.
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I have always had good luck ordering from Josh's frogs, this purchase was no different. Tarantula was larger than 2.5 inches, and had to do a couple rehouses, other than that it arrived safely as expected. Customer service called me about weather forecast and shipping and kept in good contact with me throughout the travel time. Will buy from JF again.
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