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Trinidad Dwarf Tiger Tarantula - Cyriocosmus elegans (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.

  • Originates from Trinidad and Tobago
  • Generally docile but very fast
  • Can reach full size in about two years

Name: Cyriocosmus elegans: the name seems to translate to “Cyrio-” main, “-cosmus” space, and “elegans” elegant. Thus it is the elegant main space tarantula. The common name refers to the striping on its abdomen and one of the two countries it most frequently occurs from. Surprisingly, neither name references the red marking prominently displayed on the center of its upper abdomen for which it has earned the nickname “heart-butt” tarantula at Josh’s Frogs.

Recommended Enclosure Size: As its name suggests, the Trinidad Dwarf Tiger is not a large tarantula and so does not require a great deal of space. A 2.5gal terrarium with 3” of substrate will more than accommodate the needs of this species. A hide, such as a piece of cork bark, and a small water dish should also be included.

Temperature: 78-83°F

Humidity: 70-80%

Size: At least .25”. Grows up to 2”.

Age: 5-7 years. Males live somewhat shorter than females but both mature in about 12 months.

Feeding: Drosophila melanogaster. As it grows, so should its prey. Prey items should be no larger than the size of the spider’s abdomen. Remove uneaten prey items: these may endanger the spider during molting. Spiderlings can be fed as frequently as they are willing to eat but should be fed at least twice a week otherwise.

Sexing: To identify a male or female before it has reached sexual maturity you will need to examine its cast skin which in females will have a folded area in the abdominal region which will eventually connect to her spermatheca when she is mature.Due to their age, Trinidad Dwarf Tiger Tarantulas sold by Josh's Frogs are sold as unsexed animals.

Color/Pattern: The cephalothorax of the Trinidad Dwarf Tiger is mostly copper red with a triangular section in black towards its eyes and mouthparts. Its abdomen is primarily black with a heart shaped spot on its upper side roughly the same color as its cephalothorax. The abdomen also bares three parallel whitish “tiger stripes” on its sides. The spider’s femur is black while the remainder of the leg is the same whitish color as its stripes.

Social Behavior: This tarantula should be kept singly.

Breeding: When breeding Trinidad Dwarf Tigers, it is best to plan it for about one month after the female molts. If a molt follows the pairing before eggs can be laid, the reproductive material contributed by the male will be discarded in the process.The female should also be well fed prior to the paring. If successful the female will eventually construct an egg sac which should be removed about four weeks after for incubation.

Natural Range: Venezuela, Trinidad, and Tobago.

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.

Still not sure if the Trinidad Dwarf Tiger Tarantula from Josh's Frogs is the right pet bug for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!


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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I love my new baby

Very cute with markings already.Looks healthy


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The sling I received was shipped quickly, packaged perfectly, and arrived happy and healthy!!! Not to mention the customer service was great! Would definitely recommend.


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Heart Butt Tarantula!

What a beautiful tiny tarantula came in great health and active,alert.I was surprised to see it looks like a smaller version of the adult already!♥️


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Heart Butt Tarantula!

This tiny tarantula is very fast but beautiful.I can't believe it looks just like the adult version already,Im loving my little tarantula it's so curious and active!


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Very Cute!

The sling came in packaged appropriately and very healthy!

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