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Purple Tree Tarantula - Tapinauchenius violaceus (Captive Bred)

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SPECIAL NOTE: USPS forbids shipping venomous spiders or scorpions in the mail.

Because of this, we ship these animals FedEx priority overnight for a flat fee of $39.99.

Tapinauchenius Violaceus "Purple Tree Spider": Its Greek roots mean "low" "neck" and "purple".


  • Usually non-defensive, preferring flight over fight.
  • Wonderful display spider as adults, staying out in the open if plenty of hiding spots are provided close at hand.
  • Lacks urticating setae, so no worries about itchy hair flinging.


Enclosure size: To start off, an enclosure with 3.5"-4" length and width and about 6" tall will be ideal and allow for a few molts before a rehouse is necessary. When upgrading enclosures as they grow, aim for a minimum of two times their diagonal leg span for length and width, and three times their diagonal leg span for height.

Temperatures: In their natural ranges it consistently stays 76°-82°, however no ill effects have been observed keeping them at room temperature (72°.) Temperatures consistently below 65° or above 90° should be avoided as they can be harmful.

Humidity: Natural ranges consistently stay around 70%, with dips below and spikes depending on season. They are very forgiving spiders, however and maintaining between 65%-80% is well within acceptable range.

Size: Spiderlings of this species that we have in stock are all around 1" diagonal leg span. As adults they can reach 5" diagonal leg span.

Age: Josh's Frogs T. Violaceus spiderlings are at least 3 months old. Total lifespan for a female can be 12-18 years, with males having roughly one third the lifespan of females.


Feeding: Our spiderlings are eating either a ¼" cricket or 2-3 hydei two times a week. As they get older, they will feed less frequently. Always aim for a prey item the size of their carapace or smaller. Do not feed if abdomen is much larger than the carapace, and wait at least a week after molting to attempt to feed.

Sexing: Due to their age, Tapinauchenius Violaceus sold by Josh's Frogs are sold as unsexed. Sexing can be done at 2.5"-3" diagonal leg span accurately and most accurately done by molt. Females, between the top two sets of book lungs in the molt will have a pronounced spermatheca and uterus externus that will present as a "flap" that will catch and open if a pin is gently run down it. Males will have just a simple slit that does not budge if manipulated.

Color: Spiderlings are a light brown but will darken to a lovely plum purple as they age. Mature males will turn brown again and appear a bit shaggier than females.

Social behavior: Solitary animal, any attempts 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: Tapinauchenius Violaceus is native to parts of Brazil and French Guiana.

Links of Interest:

  • Arachnoboards: a community of spider enthusiasts that will be able to or have already answered almost any question you can think of with regards to tarantulas.


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.

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AWESOME tarantula but SUPER fast!

I got my T. violaceus from josh's frogs in September 2019, it's now October 2020 and he/she has grown SO much! close to 4" if I had to take a guess. I had never bought tarantulas online, so I was very confused when a little green vial was in the box haha I even took a video in case they had shipped the wrong thing, but sure enough there was a little bitty baby tarantula wrapped up inside. From the very beginning it ate well and grew well. I recently moved it from its baby house to its permanent house and that was terrifying. These tarantulas don't just move fast, I swear they can teleport! and it is never where you are expecting them to go, totally random wild movement. however I got it moved and it looks great in its display cage. I did have an escape one time, I decided to move its cork bark so I opened the cage to see if I could figure out where it was and I must have surprised it because zip zip zip it just bounced around the cage like a pinball machine and then trickled right out the door! ahhh! thankfully I think it was as surprised as I was and it stayed still on my desk until I could cup it and get it back into its house, but those were a few tense moments! long story short: eats great, grows fast, beautiful, hides a lot as a baby but is out often as an almost adult- fast as lightning!

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