Orphnaecus dichromatus
– New Guinea Black Fury

Adult Size: Females (11cm to 12cm), Males (10cm to 12cm)

Type: Old World, Fossorial

Growth Rate: Fast

Temperament: Very defensive. Not for beginners.

Lifespan: Females (12+ years) | Males (2-4 years)

Origin: Western Papua New Guinea

Recommended Climate: 24-26°C (Summer), 18-22°C (Winter)

Recommended Humidity: 60-80%

Basic Enclosure Requirements: Fossorial setup with at least 4 x the size of the spider in horizontal space, 20cm to 30cm of substrate with a shelter and a water dish.

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Scientific Name: Orphnaecus dichromatus

Common Names: New Guinea Black Fury

The Black Fury… 12cm of bad attitude. Smaller old world species that lends itself to that saying about small packages of dynamite. In our research we’ve found that many keepers have had a tense moment with these tarantulas. Moving with blinding speed and carrying a bad attitude, these tarantulas are definitely not for beginners. This is the kind of spider that looks like you need a shovel to get it moving, and next thing it’s on your fridge, so definitely a species to get familiar with before taking any chances with your husbandry techniques.

This is a fantastic looking tarantula, sporting a rust-red carapace and smooth silky looking black legs which turn to a blur of grey when this tarantula decides to run for it.  Sadly, they are mostly fossorial and spend a fair amount of their time down in their burrows, only appearing in the evening when prowling for juicy snacks.