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Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula
(Eupalastrus campestratus)
by Jon Fouskaris

*Information provided by Frank Somma

Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula
Specimen provided by West Coast Zoological.
Photo taken by Mark Hart.

       The Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula is a relatively new and very exciting species to the market. This pretty big, extremely docile tarantula is a great beginners' species and actually makes a good "pet bug". Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantulas are not common sights in pet shops, but you can probably find one by contacting the major dealers. In addition to looking good and being calm, part of the Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantulas' appeal is its' hardiness. In other words, they usually don't die for any reason until they reach their maximum lifespan. When this species was originally imported, it came in small numbers, and it was thought to be Eupalastrus tenuitarsus. Now breeders have produced captive-bred spiderlings of this species, and the Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula is beginning to enter the mainstream as a regular appearance on price lists. For good reason, tarantula keepers are calling the Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula one of the best beginner species in the hobby! 
Range Grasslands and savannahs of Paraguay.
Type Burrowing.
Diet Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, other large insects, and an occasional pinkie mouse.
Full Grown Size 5 to 6 inches.
Growth Slow speed.
Temperature 75 to 80 F.
Humidity 65 to 75%.
Temperament Docile and calm.
Housing Babies can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 5 to 10-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.
Substrate 3 to 5 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.
Decor No decorations are really needed, but you can add a log, or cork bark.
Other Names Paraguayan Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula.

*Please note that ALL tarantulas have a certain amount of venom. Although most people are not affected by this species, some people may be allergic to the venom, or just more sensitive, making it a dangerous situation. This is one of the reasons that people should not handle this tarantula. Also, New World species of tarantulas like this one can flick urticating hairs off of their abdomens, which can also cause a reaction, depending on the person. Affects of this tarantulas' natural defenses may vary between people. All tarantulas should be considered dangerous, so be careful, because you don't want to find out if you are allergic or more sensitive the HARD WAY!

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