Eupalaestrus campestratus, known as the pink zebra beauty, is a terrestrial tarantula native to Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. It is dark brown and has yellow striped markings near its patellae, resembling Grammostola pulchripes, although its maximum leg span of six inches makes it significantly smaller. It is known for its generally docile and tolerant temperament, and is therefore an attractive pet tarantula to hobbyists who prefer these traits. It is slow moving and generally considered hardy in captivity.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Subphylum: Chelicerata
- Class: Arachnida
- Order: Araneae
- Infraorder: Mygalomorphae
- Family: Theraphosidae
- Genus: Eupalaestrus
- Species: E. campestratus
- Binomial name: Eupalaestrus campestratus
The Eupalaestrus Campestratus also commonly known as the Pink Zebra Beauty, is considered one of the most sought after tarantulas. In fact, it is ideal for a beginner hobbyist to start with. Originating from the Grasslands and savannahs of Paraguay, the Eupalaestrus Campestratus has a very distinctive look to them.
One species of tarantula that have beginners often confused between the two is with the Chaco Golden Knee, however, the brownish-black and yellow striped markings close to its “knees” on the Golden Knee compared to the whitish markings on the Eupalaestrus Campestratus makes it easier to distinguish between them both. Because of the natural habitat these tarantulas come from, they are more than used to harsh weather conditions, where there is heavy rain in the summer while almost non in the winter. Making these tarantulas a really hardy species.
Savannahs The climate of Paraguay is subtropical. The average temperatures range from about 17°C (about 63°F) in July to about 27°C (about 80°F) in January. In the Chaco and other points to the north temperatures often reach 38°C (100°F). Annual rainfall averages 815 mm (32 in) in the Gran Chaco, and some 1,525 mm (60 in) in the eastern forest regions. The Chaco has heavy rainfall in the summer and almost no rain in the winter. I keep my Pink Beauty at 80°F and the humidity is kept at 70%. This is done by dampening one-half of the substrate in the terrarium by overflowing the water dish then I allow it to dry out.
Eupalaestrus campestratus images