Caribena laeta
-Puerto Rican Pink Toe

Common names: Common Pink Toe

Adult Size: 11cm to 12cm

Type: New Word, arboreal.

Growth Rate: Medium/Fast

Temperament: Docile and Calm

Lifespan: Females (10 to 12 years) | Males (3 to 4 years)

Recommended Climate: Brazil 24-26°C (day), 20-25°C (night)

Recommended Humidity: 70-80% with cross flow ventilation

Basic Enclosure Requirements: Arboreal setup with at least 4 x the size of the spider in vertical space, 5cm to 10cm of substrate. The enclosure must have good cross-flow ventilation with vertical structure of any kind as these arboreal tarantulas tend to create intricate webbed homes of their own. Don’t forget the customary water dish.

Photo Credit: Chase Campbell, CEC Arachnoboards

Description

Scientific Name: Caribena laeta

Common names: Puerto Rican Pink Toe

Definitely one of the cutest and best species in the entire hobby to own and care for, and we mean for anyone from a complete beginner to the most experienced keepers (who always have one or two hiding somewhere). An absolute must for any collection, and we mean any Pink Toe from the Avicularia, Caribena or Ybyrapora species. Simply adorable.

The “Pink Toe” naming already suggests something cute and many these Caribena sp. start out as slings with pink legs that have little black boots on them as well as a metallic carapace and a pretty tiger pattern on their abdomen/opisthosoma. These colors differe slightly between genus and all fade as the slings grow, developing into the adult colours later on. All Avicularia, Caribena and Ybyrapora species are very colourful when inspected up close.

Although Avicularia seem to have th emost docile species of the Pink Toe bunch, these are also very shy, gentle and docile as a species. When this species gets annoyed, it will aim it’s abdomen in the direction of whatever is annoying it and squirt a poo in that general direction, hilarious to witness and if you try and nudge it along with your tweezers or a thin paintbrush, they will loving rub their behinds against whatever is annoying them in order to deliver a batch of those irritating urticating bristles. They are also jumpers, people that handle them will find that they often jump to get off the warm  alien landscape that is our bodies, so take precautions to ensure they don’t fall to their death.

With all the Avicularia, Caribena or Ybyrapora species, high humidity in the region of 80% must be maintained where possible along with good cross-flow ventilation to ensure a safe and comfortable habitat for these species. However, care should be taken to ensure that it’s not too wet, humid and warm, which will quickly stifle and kill your tarantula.

 

 

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