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Davus pentaloris is commonly called the "Guatemalan Tiger Rump Tarantula". It is indigenous to Guatemala and parts of Mexico and has pretty distinct orange and black striped patterning on the abdomen.
Enclosure size: They do quite like to make burrows, so as babies a container large enough to give at least 1.5"-2" of substrate is preferred. Adults need closer to 4"-6" of substrate. For floor space, 3-4x the spider’s diagonal leg span for both length and width is appropriate. Just make sure that the space above the substrate does not exceed 2x the spider’s diagonal leg span to prevent injury from a fall.
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Temperatures: A good comfortable range for them is 75-80 degrees. Temperatures consistently below 65 degrees or above 90 degrees should be avoided for the longevity of the spider.
Humidity: 75%-80%, This can be achieved by keeping the substrate uniformly dampened.
Size: Young D. pentaloris sold from Josh’s Frogs are approximately 1/4” diagonal leg span. Though this species is considered a dwarf species, they do get larger than most dwarf species. Females top out at around a 4" diagonal leg span, with males usually maturing between 2.5"-3"
Age: At least 2 months at time of sale. Females live an average of 10-12 years, with males averaging about 1/3 of that life span.
Feeding: At time of sale, specimens are eating hydei fruit flies. Babies should be fed every 4-7 days and as they age into adults, feeding should be spread to every 7-10 days. Prey should be the size of the spider’s carapace or smaller. Never attempt to feed a freshly molted tarantula less than a week after their molt to prevent injury to the spider.
Sexing: Due to age, D. pentaloris sold by Josh's Frogs are unsexed. As they approach maturity, specimens may be sexed using a molt; due to the small nature of this spider, molt sexing may require a magnifying glass. Females will have spermatheca and a uterus externus between the top set of book lungs that will catch and "flap" if a pin is run down the inside of the abdomen. Males will have a much more plain slit that does not budge with attempts to manipulate it.
Coloration/Patterning: This species exhibits dult coloration pretty early on. Babies are dark gray/black with light carapaces and orange patterning on the abdomen. As adults, this changes to a velvety black color with bright, almost metallic copper carapaces and abdominal patterning, with some slightly duller copper striping on the legs.
Social behavior: D. pentaloris are not social creatures, any attempts to cohabitate will likely result in cannibalism.
Breeding: Spiders for breeding purposes should remain supervised when together and should only be attempted after they're 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. This is best done around a month after the female molts, as a freshly molted female is less likely to molt out of a pairing.
Natural Range: Most of Guatemala and Southern Mexico
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