Due to the docile nature of the pink zebra beauty tarantula and low maintenance requirements, they are considered one of the most popular species to keep as pets and can be a good choice for first-time tarantula owners. In this guide, we’ll cover all aspects of owning a pink zebra beauty tarantula so you can decide if this spider is right for you and your home.
Quick Facts About Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula
|Species Name:||Eupalaetrus campestratus|
|Tank Temperature:||75-80° Fahrenheit|
|Color Shape:||Dark brown body with light pink markings on the legs|
|Lifetime:||Females can live up to 20 years; boys live to about 7 years old|
|Size (Maximum Foot Span):||5-6 inches|
|Diet:||Insects such as crickets, cockroaches, and mealworms; sometimes bigger animals like little rats|
|Minimum Tank Size:||5-10 gallon terrarium with ample floor space|
|Tank Setting:||A substrate of potting soil or peat moss (within 4 inches) at the bottom of the terrarium; stones, bark, or other terrarium decorations; high humidity (65-75%); avoid bright light|
|Suitability:||Not compatible with other tarantulas|
Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula Overview
The pink zebra beauty tarantula is a terrestrial tarantula native to Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. While they are not the easiest of tarantulas to get, they are excellent spiders for beginners. Compared to other tarantula species, the zebra pink beauty tarantula is relatively inactive, especially during the day or when the lights are on. If you want to watch these spiders in action, your best bet is to dim the lights as much as possible and make sure there isn’t too much noise or activity to disturb your spider.
How much does the Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula cost?
In the past, pink zebra beauty tarantulas were relatively difficult to find for would-be pet owners because they were usually caught in the wild. Despite their docile nature, these spiders are not easy to catch. Since they were relatively rare, they used to be quite expensive.
Now that they are bred in captivity, however, pink zebra beauty tarantulas are more affordable. You can expect to pay around $30-$70 for each spider. This species is popular, so many pet stores have it, but you can also find it online.
Typical Behavior & Temperament
The pink zebra beauty tarantula is known for its gentle demeanor, which makes it an ideal pet. Unlike other tarantulas, they are usually slow-moving creatures that are relatively easy to handle. However, handling your tarantula is not recommended, especially if you are a new tarantula owner. Their exoskeleton is very fragile and even a short fall can crack their stomach. To be safe, limit handling unless absolutely necessary.
Pink zebra beauty tarantulas have dark brown bodies with yellow stripes near their patella. They have a pink hue, hence their name. They look a lot like Grammostola pulchripes, or Chaco gold knees, but they are much smaller at about 6 inches wide.
How to Take Care of a Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula
Habitat, Tank Conditions & Settings
When setting up your pink zebra beauty tarantula habitat, you should keep its tropical origin in mind. These spiders prefer a dark, warm, and humid climate, so you should try to imitate this habitat as much as possible.
Your pink zebra beauty tarantula terrarium should be at least 5-10 gallons. These spiders are not big climbers, so a terrarium with a large surface area at the bottom of the tank is ideal. Place the tank in a low-traffic area of your home, away from bright lights. These spiders don’t like bright light and will most likely stay hidden as long as the lights are on. Therefore, you do not need to add additional lights to the terrarium.
Substrate and Decoration
Pink zebra beauty tarantulas love to burrow, so it’s important that the substrate, or terrarium bottom, is relatively deep. Aim for a substrate that is at least 4 inches deep. When it comes to actual materials, these spiders aren’t particularly picky—you can use potting soil or peat moss. You need to get to the humidity in your spider’s terrarium, so whatever material you use should absorb water. If you’re not sure what to buy, you can use a packaging substrate designated for a pet terrarium, which you can find at your local pet store.
In addition to the base substrate, you should consider adding some other type of decoration that the spider can dig into, such as a large piece of bark or rock.
Temperature and Humidity
When it comes to the temperature and humidity of your pink zebra tarantula terrarium, keep your spider origins in mind. They are used to warm and humid climates and will do well in a warm, humid terrarium. The temperature should be between 75-80°F, with a humidity of 65-75%. You should overfill your spider’s water container not only to ensure that it stays hydrated but also to maintain a high level of humidity in the terrarium. You can also blur the media a bit, but be careful not to do it too often; Your spider’s environment should be moist, not wet. Whenever you are foggy, be careful not to obscure your spider.
Are Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula Friendly to Other Pets?
Unless you are actively trying to breed your tarantula, you should always keep it in a separate terrarium. They are not communal animals, and in fact, they are known to be cannibalistic in nature. In addition, tarantula bites are usually not fatal to humans, but can be fatal to other pets such as cats and dogs. If your pink zebra beauty tarantula escapes from their terrarium, there’s a good chance they could bite your furry friend, especially if provoked. However, as long as your tarantula stays in its terrarium, you shouldn’t have a problem if you have other pets.
What Feeds Your Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula?
When it comes to food, your spider will prefer medium-sized live insects, such as crickets or mealworms. They can sometimes eat creatures their size, such as pinkie mice or geckos. Tarantulas are low maintenance as they only need to be fed a few insects about once a week.
Keeping Your Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula Healthy
The pink zebra beauty tarantula is a very tough animal. As mentioned, they don’t need to be fed very often, and as long as their environment is satisfactory, they are fairly self-sufficient creatures. Unlike other animals, you don’t need to change the substrate too often—every six months or so is sufficient. However, since the terrarium is a humid environment, you should make sure there are no problems such as mold. If so, you may need to replace the media completely. Another thing to keep in mind is the overall environment of your spider. If they experience a lot of noise and bright light or lack the ability to dig, they may become stressed. If your spider refuses to eat for a long time or seems confined to one area of the terrarium, consider making some changes to its environment to see if that improves its mood.
If you intend to breed your zebra pink beauty tarantula, there are a few things you should know. First of all, as mentioned earlier, tarantulas can be cannibals. To prevent the female spider from eating the male spider, you must make sure she is well fed before you begin the breeding process. You should also keep track of your female zebra pink beauty molting schedule. If he hasn’t molted in a long time, he will most likely refuse to mate.
You need to observe the mating process closely to prevent any problems. You should always use a female spider’s terrarium for mating and not the other way around. This is to ensure that your female zebra pink beauty is as comfortable as possible. If it becomes clear that the female is not interested in the male, you should remove the male to ensure that the spiders are not fighting or trying to eat each other. The male tarantula will try to attract the female’s attention by “beating” the substrate with his feet. If your female is interested in mating, she will beat her drum again and you will see them slowly begin to approach each other.
Once your female has been successfully inseminated, she will start making her egg sac. This process can take 6-7 months. You need to make sure he’s well fed and watered and his terrarium is completely undisturbed so that he feels safe. Once the eggs begin to develop legs and develop into the nymph stage, you must remove them from the mother and place them in separate cages; Like adult tarantulas, spiders have cannibalistic tendencies. These spiders grow quite slowly, so you will need to be patient while waiting for your spider to develop into a full-fledged spider. It will take your spider several years to reach full maturity.
Is the Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula Right For You?
As they grow in popularity, these tarantulas are easier to find than ever before, which also means they are affordable. If you already own a tarantula, this creature may not be the best choice for you unless you plan on purchasing a separate terrarium for your spider. They also have a much slower growth rate than other tarantulas, so if you intend to breed them, you may be more interested in other breeds. However, the pink zebra beauty tarantula is an excellent choice for first-time tarantula owners due to its calm temperament and low maintenance rate.
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