Discover Arboreal Tarantulas: Amazing Tree Dwellers

Welcome to our guide on arboreal tarantulas, a fascinating group of spiders that are known for their unique dwelling habits. These captivating creatures are a popular choice among exotic pet enthusiasts due to their striking colors, intriguing behaviors, and rewarding care requirements.

Arboreal tarantulas are a special species that are highly adapted to tree-living, which sets them apart from other tarantula species. In this article, we’ll explore the care, species, and habitats of arboreal tarantulas to help you better understand and care for these incredible spiders.

Key Takeaways

  • Arboreal tarantulas are fascinating tree-dwelling spiders that make unique and captivating exotic pets.
  • Providing care for arboreal tarantulas involves meeting specific requirements for enclosure, humidity, temperature, substrate, lighting, and feeding.
  • There is a diverse range of arboreal tarantula species, each with its own unique characteristics, behaviors, and natural habitats.
  • The ideal habitat setup involves a vertical enclosure with appropriate decorations, ventilation, and hiding spots to create a comfortable and stimulating environment for your tarantula.
  • It’s important to handle and feed your tarantula safely and responsibly, and to understand the basics of tarantula breeding for those interested in expanding their collection.

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Understanding Arboreal Tarantula Care

Properly caring for your arboreal tarantula is essential to their well-being. At Reptile Super Show, we have years of experience providing quality care for all tarantula species, including arboreal tarantulas.

Creating the perfect enclosure: An arboreal tarantula’s enclosure should be tall instead of wide, providing vertical space for them to climb. A minimum height of 12 inches is recommended, but taller enclosures are preferred. Make sure the enclosure has a secure lid to prevent escape and maintain proper ventilation.

Humidity and temperature: Arboreal tarantulas require a humidity level of 60-80%. You can achieve this by using moistened substrate and adding a water bowl to the enclosure. Temperature should range from 75-85°F during the day and remain around 70°F at night.

Substrate, lighting, and feeding: Use a soil substrate that retains moisture. A light source isn’t necessary, but ambient lighting can be provided if desired. Arboreal tarantulas require a variety of insects in their diet, such as crickets, roaches, and mealworms.

Basic Arboreal Tarantula Care Checklist:

Needs Recommendations
Enclosure Size Minimum of 12 inches in height
Humidity 60-80% level
Temperature 75-85°F during the day, 70°F at night
Substrate Retains moisture
Lighting Ambient lighting (optional)
Feeding Various insects such as crickets and roaches

By following these basic care guidelines, you’ll be able to provide a comfortable and stimulating environment for your arboreal tarantula. For additional information on arboreal tarantulas, contact Reptile Super Show at (619) 281-PETS (7387) or fill out our vendor application to save a booth at our upcoming show:

Arboreal Tarantulas

Exploring Arboreal Tarantula Species

In this section, we invite you to examine the diverse and spectacular species of arboreal tarantulas. These spider wonders are captivating creatures that offer extraordinary and unique features that make them fascinating.

The Arboreal tarantula is split into two subfamilies: the Theraphosinae and Avicularinae. The Theraphosinae family is known for its larger size, thicker hair, and more potent venom. In contrast, the Avicularinae species are arboreal and have more hair, longer legs, and are known for their incredible and vibrant colors. Avicularia avicularia, also known as the ‘Pink Toe,’ is one of the most popular species for exotic pets.

Avicularia Genus

The Avicularia genus includes numerous species of arboreal tarantulas. These stunning spiders pride themselves with vibrant colors ranging from pale cream to dark violet. With fuzzy exoskeleton, they can grow up to 5-6 inches in length, including their long fuzzy legs and large abdomen. In the wild, they reside in tree holes and utilize their turbulent and lightweight appearance to navigate through tree branches and elude predators such as birds and monkeys.

Species Name Physical characteristics and behaviors Natural habitat
Avicularia avicularia (Pink Toe) Pastel pink to salmon-colored hairs on their toes South America rainforests
Avicularia geroldi (Peruvian Purple Pink Toe) Deep purple to almost black coloration Peruvian rainforests
Avicularia Metallica (Metallic Pink Toe) Green-blue metallic hair, sometimes appears black in certain light Venezuela & Guiana rainforests

Poecilotheria Genus

The Poecilotheria genus consists of various species of Old World arboreal tarantulas. These tarantulas prefer a dryer climate and are more delicate than their New World counterparts. Poecilotheria have similar physical features to the Avicularia species but are known for their arboreal adaptation as they nest in ground excavations and tree holes that work as a bunker securing them against ground predators.

Species Name Physical characteristics and behaviors Natural habitat
Poecilotheria regalis (Indian Ornamental) Green-blue metallic hair, contrasting a black body India and Sri Lanka forests, often found on bamboo stems
Poecilotheria metallica (Gooty Sapphire) Metallic blue hair covering entire body The Gooty area of Andhra Pradesh, India
Poecilotheria vittata (Sri Lankan ornamental) Black and white striped legs, black body, metallic blue chelicerae Sri Lanka rainforests

Arboreal tarantulas are more delicate than their terrestrial counterparts, and adequate care is paramount to ensure traits such as their vivid colors do not fade and their longevity is extended.

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Creating the Perfect Tarantula Habitat

When creating a habitat for your arboreal tarantula, it’s important to consider their specific needs. In this section, we will provide you with all the necessary information on how to create a comfortable and stimulating environment for your exotic pet.

Vertical Enclosures

Arboreal tarantulas require vertical enclosures that are tall enough for them to climb and hang upside down. A minimum height of 30cm is recommended, but larger enclosures will provide your spider with more room to explore.

Expert Tip: Adding branches, vines, and other climbing materials will make the enclosure more engaging for your arboreal tarantula.

Suitable Decorations

Add natural decorations such as bark, leaves, and plants to mimic your tarantula’s natural habitat. Live plants will also improve air quality and add beauty to the enclosure. Avoid decorations with sharp edges, as they can injure your spider.

Proper Ventilation

A well-ventilated enclosure is crucial for maintaining the proper microclimate and preventing mold growth. Ensure that your enclosure has adequate ventilation by providing holes or a mesh lid.

Hiding Spots

Arboreal tarantulas require hiding spots where they can retreat and feel secure. Cork bark, half logs, and other natural hiding spots work best.

Tarantula Habitat Checklist Details
Enclosure Size: A minimum height of 30cm is recommended
Decorations: Add natural decorations such as bark, leaves, and plants.
Ventilation: Ensure that your enclosure has adequate ventilation by providing holes or a mesh lid.
Hiding Spots: Provide hiding spots where they can retreat and feel secure.
Humidity: Arboreal tarantulas require a humid climate between 60% and 80%.
Temperature: Maintain a temperature between 24° and 28°C during the day, with a slight decrease at night.

Maintaining the Right Humidity and Temperature Levels

Arboreal tarantulas require a humid climate between 60% and 80%, which can be achieved with misting or a humidifier. Maintain a temperature between 24° and 28°C during the day, with a slight decrease at night.

Expert Tip: Monitor the temperature and humidity levels with a thermometer and hygrometer, and make adjustments as necessary.

By creating the perfect habitat for your arboreal tarantula, you’ll provide your exotic pet with a comfortable and stimulating environment. Following the guidelines outlined in this section will help you create a healthy and happy home for your spider.

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Tarantula Feeding, Handling, and Breeding

Feeding your arboreal tarantula is a crucial aspect of its care. Providing a well-balanced diet is essential to ensure its health and well-being. Their diet primarily consists of insects, such as crickets, mealworms, and roaches, which can be purchased at your local pet store. Depending on the age and size of your tarantula, you’ll want to feed them every few days to once a week.

It’s important to handle arboreal tarantulas with care, as they are fragile creatures. Always make sure to handle them gently, and ensure that they are never dropped or mishandled. It’s also crucial to take necessary precautions to protect yourself from harm, as some tarantulas have venomous bites.

If you’re interested in expanding your tarantula collection, breeding may be an option. However, breeding arboreal tarantulas can be a challenging process and should only be attempted by experienced arachnid breeders. Breeders must ensure they have carefully selected suitable mating partners and have created the appropriate environment and conditions for mating and egg-laying.

We hope this guide has provided you with valuable insight into caring for and maintaining arboreal tarantulas. Our team at Reptile Super Show is always here to help answer any questions or concerns you may have. Don’t hesitate to contact us at (619) 281-PETS (7387) or fill out our vendor application here to save a booth at our upcoming show.


In conclusion, if you are looking for an exotic pet that will captivate your attention and offer a unique perspective into the world of arachnids, arboreal tarantulas are an exceptional choice. With their tree-dwelling adaptations, diverse species, and specific care requirements, they require special attention, but the rewards are worth it. At Reptile Super Show, we offer expert advice and guidance on how to provide the best possible care for your tarantula. Call us today at (619) 281-PETS (7387) for more information on our upcoming shows or fill out our vendor application at if you would like to save a booth at our next event.


What are arboreal tarantulas?

Arboreal tarantulas are a type of spider that are specifically adapted to live in trees. Unlike most tarantula species that dwell on the ground, these spiders have unique physical and behavioral characteristics that allow them to navigate and survive in arboreal environments.

How do I care for an arboreal tarantula?

When caring for an arboreal tarantula, it is important to create a suitable enclosure that mimics their natural habitat. This includes providing vertical space, branches for climbing, and ample ventilation. Additionally, maintaining the appropriate temperature and humidity levels, offering a proper diet and regularly cleaning the enclosure are crucial for their well-being.

What are some common species of arboreal tarantulas?

There are several species of arboreal tarantulas that are popular among enthusiasts. Some well-known examples include the Avicularia genus, known for their vibrant colors, and the Poecilotheria genus, which showcases remarkable arboreal adaptations. Other species like the Psalmopoeus and Tapinauchenius are also notable for their striking appearances.

How should I set up a tarantula habitat for arboreal species?

Creating the perfect tarantula habitat for arboreal species involves providing a vertically-oriented enclosure with enough height for climbing. Decorations such as branches, plants, and silk foliage can be added for stimulation and hiding spots. It’s important to ensure proper ventilation and maintain a suitable microclimate by controlling temperature and humidity levels within the enclosure.

How do I feed and handle my arboreal tarantula?

Feeding your arboreal tarantula involves offering them live or pre-killed insects, such as crickets and roaches, on a regular basis. When handling your tarantula, it’s best to avoid direct contact and use tools like brushes or forceps to move them if necessary. It’s essential to approach handling with caution, as some tarantulas can be defensive and may bite if they feel threatened.

Can I breed arboreal tarantulas?

Breeding arboreal tarantulas can be a complex process that requires careful consideration and experience. It involves creating separate mating enclosures, introducing the male and female at the appropriate time, and ensuring their safety during the breeding process. It is recommended to consult with experienced breeders or arachnid enthusiasts for guidance if you are interested in breeding arboreal tarantulas.


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