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Neoholothele incei or “Trinidad Olive” is a small species of tarantula whose name has Greek roots that are somewhat ambiguous, it is possible that the name alludes to the suffix -sthele, which would give the genus name the meaning of “New complete strength” or “new complete energy” but literally translated, it means “new complete nipple.” It’s possible that incei refers to a person or a place.
Enclosure Size: This species are opportunistic burrowers, as babies a dram vial or pill bottle large enough to give them 1.5-2 inches of substrate to burrow in is appropriate for quite some time. As the little ones grow into adults they will need closer to 3-4 inches of substrate. For floor space 3-4 times the spider’s diagonal leg span for both length and with is appropriate, just make sure that the space above the substrate does not exceed 2 times the spider’s diagonal leg span to prevent injury from a fall.
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Temperatures: A comfortable range for them is between 76°-82°, temperatures consistently 5 or more degrees outside of this range should be avoided for long term safety of the spider.
Humidity: 65%-75%, This can be achieved by keeping 1/3 of the enclosure moist but not soaked.
Size: Sold at 3/4 inch. Adults will top out at 2.5-3 inches.
Age: At least 5 months at time of sale. Females will live between 5-7 years usually, with males averaging around 2 years.
Feeding: At time of sale specimens are eating hydei fruit flies. Babies should be fed every 4-7 days, as they age into adults that 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, Neoholothele incei sold by Josh's Frogs are sold as 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: Olive Neoholothele incei babies are dark bodied with light pinkish legs, as they molt to adults they turn a wonderful metallic olive color with a black starburst on the carapace and a black chevron pattern on the abdomen.
Gold Neoholothele incei babies are an all over light pink color, as they grow into adults they turn a stunning orange gold, with a subtle but still present orange starburst on the carapace and chevron pattern on the abdomen.
Social Behavior: Neoholothele incei can be kept communally with prior research with much success.
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. 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: Neoholothele incei can be found in Trinidad as their common name suggests.
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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.
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The three I purchased are now doing well and they eat extremely readily. They are very quick so be mindful not to keep their lid open while doing maintenance or it might decide to have a stroll. Mine were a touch thin which is understandable since I'm sure there's tons to care for. They had no hesitation in taking down a good sized dubia each within a few hours of arrival. All are now getting chunky and webbing their deli cups to their heart's content. Beautiful pink and goldish coloration, excited to see it intensify with subsequent molts.
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