Monday, April 11, 2011

Chaetopelma gracile Tarantula Caresheet

Chaetopelma gracile

They are found in the middle east (around Cyprus and Israel). Coloration depends on what region they are found. They are terrestrial (will burrow) and are considered a communal species.  This is the only tarantula found in the holy land. 

Common name: Israeli
Class: Terrestrial
Temp/humidityTemp in the 75-85 range and doesn't need 'high' humidity, around 30-40% should be good.
Housing: A typical terrestrial setup is good. Place a bark on the enclosure for retreat. Floor space is more important than height. Provide hides lots of hides for communal settings.
Substrate: Use six 4 inches of dry substrate. On my enclosure I use a mix of coconut fiber/coco peat, vermiculite and peat moss.
Feeding: for spider slings, feed them with pinhead crickets or roach nymphs smaller that their size 2 times a week.. Fruit flies is also good if available. For adults, feed them 5 adult crickets or 3 pieces of 1 inch size B.lateralis roaches weekly.
Water requirements: for spider slings, misting the enclosure 2 times a week is enough. For adult, provide a water dish and misting the enclosure ones a week.
Growth: medium
Size: up to 5 to 6 inches
Temperament: it has an aggressive behavior but some can handle them.

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