Psalmopoeus cambridgei, the Trinidad chevron tarantula, is a species of spider in the Theraphosidae family, endemic to Trinidad. Its venom is the source of psalmotoxin and vanillotoxin which are classified as inhibitor cystine knot proteins. Psalmotoxin may be of therapeutic use in patients suffering from a stroke.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Arachnida
- Order: Araneae
- Family: Theraphosidae
- Genus: Psalmopoeus
- Species: P. cambridgei
- Binomial name: Psalmopoeus cambridgei
As this species is a tree dweller; you do not need to worry too much about deep substrate on the floor of your enclosure. It has been said that spiderlings or young tarantulas of this species may burrow into the substrate until they reach a larger size, however an inch or two is more than enough.
Creating a livelier environment for your Trinidad Chevron will encourage it to venture outside its hidey hole more often. Places to climb and new places to explore and cover in webbing. Plants, real or fake will make a huge difference in the open activity levels of your tarantula.
The female has chevron-shaped dark markings on the abdomen and her color varies through shades of green and brown with characteristic red or orange flashes on the legs. The mature male is sexually dimorphic, colored a more uniform grey or brown, the body appearing smaller in comparison to the diagonal leg span, reaching five inches on average.
Males can reach maturity in as short as one years time. The female is very large and fast growing, reaching seven inches in leg span. It feeds readily and makes an attractive display animal, being fairly active when given correct housing conditions. Spiderlings of this species are very opportunistic and will usually create a home in a small crevice hidden with a silken blanket covered in soil.
This grand hilly is one more to be enjoyed for a safe distance. Some enthusiasts have talked about a woman throwing a threat, while their owner runs only through, leave alone or try to clean their enclosure. Due to their aggressive nature, some enthusiasts try to move their environment quickly and they often avoid doing this. Just as Terrantula grows as much as possible, so much so much that I will be very happy. It’s not to say that you’ll be heading for a closer time.
Arboreal tarantulas live singly in specially constructed silken tube webs or in crevices, behind loose bark or among epiphytic plants. The Trinidad chevron tarantula breeds freely in captivity. Two silken egg sacs are commonly produced from one mating and each of these contains one hundred to one hundred and fifty eggs. The female spider guards the sac, turning it occasionally, and the eggs hatch after about six weeks. The spiderlings usually disperse at the first instar stage.
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