Pseudoclamoris gigas
-Orange Tree Spider

Previously: Tapinauchenius gigas

Adult Size: 11 to 12cm

Type: New World, Arboreal

Growth Rate: Medium

Temperament: Extreme speed. Skittish and defensive

Lifespan: Females (14 to 18yrs) | Males (3 to 4 years)

Origin: Ecuador, Quito / Guyaquil

Recommended Climate: 26-28°C (Summer), 20-22°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: Isaiah Rosales, FlexZone Arachnoboards

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New Scientific Name: Pseudoclamoris gigas 

Previously: Tapinauchenius gigas

Common Names: Orange Tree Spider

Tapinauchenius is probably the fastest species of Tarantula on the planet, able to teleport from one side of an enclosure to another in the blink of an eye.

Tapinauchenius gigas is a New World world arboreal species which is more like an Old World species in their definition. They lack urticating bristles on the abdomen and also lack the ability to stridulate (chafe) their fangs. They have a painful bite, but they are said to have a weaker venom than expected from an “Old-Word-Like” species.

If you are new to old world arboreal species or looking to keep old world arboreal tarantulas, the Orange Tree Spider is a good introduction species to learn how to manage the speed, behavior and temperament of species like Poecilotheria, Cyriopagopus, Stromatopelma or Heteroscodra species.


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