Psalmopoeus pulcher
-Panama Blonde

Adult Size: 12cm to 14cm

Type: New World, Arboreal

Growth Rate: Fast

Temperament:  Not for beginners. Unpredictable. Defensive and aggressive if provoked.

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

Origin: Panama

Recommended Climate: 20-24°C (Winter), 26-28°C (Summer)

Recommended Humidity: 60-80%.

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: Danny de Bruyne

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Scientific Name: Psalmopoeus pulcher

Common Names: Panama Blonde

Meet the Panama Blonde, another wonderful tarantula from the Psalmopoeus family. These have fluffy setae/hairs that are a light pinkish/orange color over most of it’s body, along with a very light blonde colored carapace and cream colored abdomen that has a few dark and interesting accents that run from the carapace towards the black patch at the rear of the abdomen. Truly a gorgeous spider after a fresh molt.

As with many arboreal species, they need vertical spaces and structures to build their webbed shelters. As with other Psalmopoeus species, use a vertical piece of cork bark or cylindrical shelter that is buried about 5cm below the substrate and reaches to the upper areas of the enclosure. They will quickly create a burrow at the base of the shelter and web further and higher away from it as time passes until you have a rather large webbed fortress in and around the shelter.

Remember, venom in Psalmopoeus sp is considered medically significant and a bite from one of these is to be avoided at all costs. Psalmopoeus pulcher has been known to have both docile and defensive specimens so make sure to become well familiar with the behavior of your specimen to ensure your own safety during maintenance. They can be unpredictable and are also known to leap if they think that’s where they will find safety, so always practice professional caution around this species for your own sake.


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