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Trinidad Chevron Tarantula
(Psalmopoeus cambridgei)
by Jon Fouskaris

Trinidad Chevron Tarantula
Specimen provided by West Coast Zoological.
Photo taken by Mark Hart.

       The Trinidad Chevron Tarantula is one of the most popular arboreal species. It's large size, and interesting look makes it many peoples' favorite species! Trinidad Chevron Tarantulas have been acknowledged as "adorable" and "cuddly" due to its' fuzzy appearance. Hence the name, the Trinidad Chevron Tarantula has a chevron marking on its' abdomen, and has bright orange stripes on the ends of its' legs which visibly separates this species from most others tarantulas. Trinidad Chevron Tarantulas can be found in most collections because it is a common species. This species is a good choice for the intermediate keeper, even though they are fast tarantulas. Trinidad Chevrons are inexpensive, easily distinguishable captive tarantulas that are great for most tarantula collections.
Range Tropical areas of Trinidad & Tobago.
Type Arboreal.
Diet Spiderlings eat flightless fruit flies, pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, moths, flies, other large insects, and an occasional small lizard or pinkie mouse.
Full Grown Size 4.5 to 5.5 inches.
Growth Fast speed.
Temperature 75 to 85 F.
Humidity 78 to 82%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" legspan may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.
Temperament Semi-aggressive and nervous.
Housing Spiderlings can live in a tall clear plastic container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 15-gallon tank. Height is more important than floor space.
Substrate 2 to 3 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.
Decor Branches, live plants, vines, etc. make good hiding places and provide a base for the web. Moss can be added for floor cover.
Other Names N/A.

*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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