An EXCELLENT Tarantula for beginners
The Brazilian Black is very popular Tarantula with Hobbyiests and your biggest problem will be finding one. It is a very large and very docile which makes it a great starter Tarantula for the beginner hobbyist.
Its not the most colorful Tarantula out there but it has a nice deep black Satin color which is very regal. You will pay more for a Brazilian Black than other species because they are in high demand and numbers are small due to difficulties in breeding.
Grammostola pulchra is the latin name for the Brazilian Black Tarantuls and its a terrestrial tarantula native to the country of Brazil.
This particular species is very sought after in the pet trade because of the longevity of this species which is the females which can live for more than 20 years plus they have a reputation for being docile and gentle in temperament, as well as for its satin appealing black coloration.
All these features can make the Grammostola Pulchra rather expensive when buying from breeders. The Brazilian black, mature specimens are almost entirely black and it is new world tarantula and it possesses urticating hairs although this species does not tend to kick them off as much when handled which is another reason why it makes a great Pet Tarantula.
As with most other Tarantula Species the venom of the Brazilian Black is not dangerous but of course always best to avoid being bitten by any tarantula.
The Brazilian Black grows slowly, taking up to eight years to reach maturity, and can reach up to 7 inches. Because of a ban on the export of wild caught specimens and its slow growth, mature females (preferred because of their long life) are generally expensive.
Taking care of your Brazilian Black Tarantula is very easy and you will need to take into account the following
Housing for a Brazilian Black Tarantula
Any container with a secure lid will suit this and since it is a terrestrial species it live on the land and as a Juvenile it will burrow a little so good idea to have a substrate for that if you have a juvenile. Older species wont burrow as much
Here is an example of a suitable tarantula cage for this species.
You can find a Tarantula cage like this one at your local pet store or you can purchase one online.
I normally purchase my Tarantula cages from Amazon.com which have a decent selection and the price is very inexpensive and of course its delivered right to your home.
Next you will need some substrate which is what will line the bottom of your Tarantula cage since this is a
Latin Name: Grammostola Pulchra
Range: Brazil/Uruguay Grasslands
Size FG: 5-6 inches
Humidity: 75-80 (Be sure to have a shallow dish in terrarium)
Housing: 5-10 Gallon Terrarium
Substrate: 2-3 inches of Reccomended Substrates
Decor: Artifical Bark Log to hide under
Food: Crickets, Meal worms, Lizards, Pinkies