Caribena laeta
-Puerto Rican Pink Toe

Adult Size: 10cm to 12cm

Type: New Word, arboreal.

Growth Rate: Medium/Fast

Temperament: Nervous, defensive

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

Origin: Brazil / South America

Recommended Climate: 24-26°C (Summer), 20-24°C (Winter)

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 | Danny de Bruyne

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Scientific Name: Caribena laeta

Common names: Puerto Rican Pink Toe

Caribena laeta is not one of the prettiest Pink Toe Tarantula species, but is rather unique with it’s overall blonde appearance and is actually quite aggressive compared to most other pink toe species in the Avicularia, Caribena and Ybyrapora genus groups. They are also quite small at adult size, measuring only 12cm or so at full size.

The Puerto Rican pink toe is also pretty shy, it will build a silken lair behind it’s chosen vertical structure and will seldom venture out during the day unless it’s slightly darker and really nice and warm. So consider giving then a lot of structure to web on and also add a lot of plants to create an overall shady space in your enclosure which will make them feel safer to walk around.

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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