Cyriocosmus elegans
-Trinidad Dwarf Tiger

Common Names: Trinidad Dwarf Tiger |  Valentine tarantula | Trinidad Dwarf Tarantula

Adult Size: Females (4-5cm), Males (4-5cm)

Type: New World, Fossorial/Burrower

Growth Rate: Fast

Temperament: Fast but docile

Lifespan: Females (5-7yrs) | Males (1-2 years)

Origin: Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago

Recommended Climate: 26-28°C (Summer), 22-24°C (Winter)

Recommended Humidity: 70-80%

Basic Enclosure Requirements: Arboreal setup with at least 4 x the size of the spider in vertical space, 5cm to 10cm of substrate, a vertical shelter like hollow cork bark or bamboo and a customary water dish.

Photo Credit: Chase Campbell, CEC Arachnoboards

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Scientific Name: Cyriocosmus elegans

Common Names: Trinidad Dwarf Tiger |  Valentine Tarantula | Trinidad Dwarf Tarantula

One of the smallest species of Tarantulas in the world, Cyriocosmus elegans is a true charmer, especially with the little heart shaped patch on it’s abdomen, giving it the nickname “Valentine” tarantula.

Growing no larger than 4 to 5cm, this cute little tarantula makes for an excellent pet. Although they are burrowers, they are also very active spiders meaning they are out and about quite a bit, especially at night when hunting prey which they tackle with gusto. Able to tackle prey their own size, expect to see some exciting take downs with this species even though they tend to move in a slow and calculated way.

Simply the cutest tarantula you could add to your collection…


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