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ANTILLES PINKTOE TARANTULA

(Avicularia versicolor)

Pinky was born in 2014 in Washington State and came to the Zoo in the same year.

ABOUT THE ANTILLES PINKTOE TARANTULA

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Unlisted/Not Evaluated.

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HABITAT

Native to Guadeloupe and Martinique Islands in the Caribbean Sea. Inhabits tropical forests of Antilles archipelago. An arboreal spider, this species lives in self-made funnel webs and natural hideaways in trees, rocks and occasionally human-made structures.

DIET

Insects, small lizards and tree frogs.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • As with all tarantulas, the venom of the pinktoe is not especially harmful to humans, though their hairs can be an irritant.

  • These tree spiders known to jump up or out, to a distance of 12 inches or so.

  • They build thick, silky tube webs in trees and bushes. They use these lairs to protect themselves, especially after molting.