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Psalmopoeus Irminia or “Venezuelan Suntiger” Is an absolutely stunning arboreal spider whose genus name has Greek roots meaning “create song.” With a genus full of absolutely stunning spiders, it’s not hard to see how they would serve as a muse.
Enclosure Size: As with most arboreals, we recommend an enclosure with at least two times the spider’s diagonal leg span for length and width, and at least three times the spider’s diagonal leg span for height. Psalmopoeus slings do require about 1”-1.5” of a good moisture retaining substrate to burrow into, a vertical hide and some leaf clutter high in the enclosure is suggested to help the spider feel more secure as it decides to venture out of the ground.
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Temperatures: Comfortable range for them is between 74°-80°, temperatures consistently 5 or more degrees outside of this range should be avoided for long term safety of the spider.
Humidity: 65%-75%, can be achieved by misting ½ of the enclosure every week or two depending on ventilation, more frequently or less frequently if you find that the substrate is drying out too quickly or just staying consistently wet.
Size: At time of sale specimens are .25"+ diagonal leg span.
Age: At least 2 months at time of sale. They are a shorter lived species, with females reaching up to 12 years of age and males averaging roughly ⅓ of that.
Feeding: At time of sale most specimens are eating 3-4 hydei at a time offered 2x per week. With size and age they will eat larger prey (roughly the size of their carapace or smaller) and will eat less frequently. Young tarantulas should be offered food every 4-7 days, adults every 7-10 days. Never attempt to feed a freshly molted tarantula less than a week after their molt to prevent injury to the spider.
Sexing: Due to their age, Psalmopoeus Irminia 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.
Coloration/Patterning: Black with orange striping and designs on the abdomen and carapace that starts to form when they are fairly fresh, transforming and inverting as they grow until they are lovely velvety black with orange abdominal markings and leg striping. Mature males do lose most of their orange and turn black and gray.
Social behavior: Psalmopoeus Irminia 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 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 acting other 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: As the name suggests, these spiders are primarily found in Venezuela.
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