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Venezuelan Sun Tiger Tarantula - Psalmopoeus irminia | 1/2 inch (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 priory overnight for a flat fee of $39.99.

Defining Characteristics:

  • One of the most popular arboreal species in the hobby due to their voracious appetite and Halloween coloration
  • Preferring to stay hidden, they can occasionally be seen on daytime walkabouts during times of low traffic in their room
  • While they lack urticating hairs, this species is fairly defensive and bites are reported to be very painful
  • Preferring to burrow as slings and travel upwards as they gain some size, they are among some of the easier to house arboreal babies

Name: Psalmopoeus irminia or the Venezuelan Sun Tiger Tarantula 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.

Recommended Enclosure Size & Setup: As with most arboreal spiders, 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 require about 1-1.5 inches of a good moisture-retaining substrate to burrow into—ABG mixcoco cradle, or Dig-It are good options, but our Pet Bug Team prefers ABG all the way!

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 up from the ground.

Want to spice up your enclosure with live plants? Our experts have curated kits of easy-to-care-for and SAFE plants for your tarantula. Check them out here!

Temperature (°F): A comfortable range for them is between 74 and 80°. Temperatures consistently 5 or more degrees outside of this range should be avoided for long term safety of the spider.

A reliable thermometer is strongly recommended.

Humidity: 65%-75%, which can be achieved by misting half of the enclosure every week or two, depending on ventilation. Mist more or less frequently if you find that the substrate is drying out too quickly or staying consistently wet.

A reliable hygrometer is strongly recommended to monitor humidity within the enclosure.

Size: At time of sale, specimens are at least 1/2 of an inch. We measure tarantulas using diagonal leg span. Adult females generally reach 5-6 inches, while males will top out around 4-5 inches.

Age: At least a month at time of sale. They are a shorter lived species, with females reaching up to 12 years of age and males averaging roughly a third of that.

Feeding: These spiders are currently eating a few D. hydei fruit flies once a week. Feeders should grow as your spider does.

We recommend that the prey items not be much longer than the tarantula's “head” is wide. Larvae are an exception—our larvae are harmless. Since they are very high in fat, they're not the best staple diet, however they make a great weight gain supplement.

Remove uneaten prey items after 24 hours, these may stress your animal out or endanger the spider during molting. Never attempt to feed a freshly molted tarantula less than a week after their molt to prevent injury to the spider. Depending on its age, the hardening process could take anywhere from 48 hours all the way up to a week.

Sexing: Due to their age, Psalmopoeus irminia sold by Josh's Frogs are unsexed.

Sexing can be done at 2.5-3 inch 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 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.

Natural Range: As the name suggests, these spiders are primarily found in Venezuela.

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.

Shipping

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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