Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula is also called the Antilles tree spider or the Martinique red tree spider. It has a quiet demeanour and fairly easy to take care of, especially if you have prior experience with keeping tarantulas. This makes it one of the most sought-after rare pet.
What sets the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula apart is its unique vibrant coloring – it starts off blue but changes into pinkish-orange or green coloring as it grows.
You will definitely enjoy watching the fascinating behaviors of this gorgeous creature!
Find out all you need to know about keeping the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula as a pet.
Fast Facts about the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula
- The Antilles Pinktoe hails from Martinique, one of the Caribbean islands. For this reason, they are also called the Martinique red tree spider or simply the Martinique pinktoe.
- Baby Antilles Pinktoe Tarantulas are blue in color. As they mature, they turn pinkish-green with an orange tinge.
- The mysterious spider is easier to find in pet shops than in its natural habitats.
- They live in colonies in the wild and they come out of their funnel webs high up in the trees at night in search of food.
- Common predators of the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula are large lizards, snakes, birds, and frogs.
- Antilles Pinktoe Tarantulas are very agile and quick; they can easily jump up and cover a large distance within seconds.
The scientific name of the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula is Caribena Versicolor or Avicularia Versicolor. The word Caribena refers to the Caribbean island, the tarantula’s natural habitat. The word Versicolor means ever-changing color. This refers to the spider’s change in color from blue at birth to multicolored pink-orange-green coloring at adulthood.
The Antilles Pinktoe hails from the rain forests of Martinique and Guadeloupe, off the northern coast of South America. The species is arboreal and need trees to survive.
Description of the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula
The unique physical feature of the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula is its distinct vibrant coloring. They have a plethora of vibrant colors like blue, green pink, purple, and orange on their legs, abdomen, and tarsi. Females have slightly darker and lesser coloring than the males.
These medium sized spiders measure about 5 to 6 inches or 11 to 15 cm.
Antilles Pinktoe tarantula price
Due to the lack of availability, the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula price is higher than that of the other tarantulas. Its price is typically in the range of $49.99 to $89.99 and shipping can cost you extra.
What they eat
Like most tarantulas, the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula loves to eat roaches, mealworms, super worms, crickets, and medium-to-large red runners.
You need to feed your pet twice a week. Simply drop the pre-killed worms by the opening of their web cocoon and not on the ground.
Antilles Pinktoe tarantula lifespan
Female Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula can live up to 12-13 years with proper care and maintenance. Males are short-lived and most live only up to 2-3 years.
Antilles pinktoe tarantula enclosure
This is the most important part about the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula care. It needs a very good enclosure with proper humidity and ventilation.
- Select an enclosure that offers more height than floor space – after all, they are arboreal creatures and like to make their web funnels high up in the trees. Feel free to read our article on our recommendations for tarantula enclosures here.
- Ventilation is of utmost importance. So you need to make sure there is a vent in the enclosure – you can also use small, clear Amac boxes with holes on the sides.
- You can add some substrate in the form of coco peat and top soil.
- Your spiders will also appreciate cork bark and some fake leaves where they can make their funnel webs. Remember: your pet needs several anchor points to attach the web to.
- An enclosure without foliage will not provide your spiders the hiding places they need. So add in some real or fake plants and plenty of decoration.
- Sometimes, the Martinique red tree spider tends to come up to the lip of the enclosure probably for ventilation. It can easily escape from here and is very quick and agile. Therefore, you need to use some bright lights to send them back under their terrarium’s cork and substrate and prevent them from escaping.
- Maintain the enclosure’s temperature between 20 and 30 degree C (or upper 60 to mid-80F). In winters, maintain the temperature between 68-72F.
- Maintain the humidity in the enclosure by sprinkling water on the walls, the coco peat, and the webbing.
- Note that stuffy and overly moist enclosures can kill your Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula. Prevent this by maintaining cross ventilation in the enclosure.
- Don’t forget to keep a shallow water dish inside the terrarium.
Training and handling
Please note that Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula handling should only be done by someone with prior experience. This is not exactly a beginner’s tarantula given the fact that they get very nervous and jittery when handled and can shoot out fecal matter.
Therefore, as far as possible, try not to handle the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula at all. They are extremely delicate and shy spiders and could get injured or even die if they accidentally fall.
Furthermore, they send out urticating hair which can cause swelling, pain, itching, and other painful symptoms. Many keepers feel that their Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula is ‘cuddling’ with them when, in reality, it is rubbing its hairy abdomen on their hands to cause pain.
Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula venom
How poisonous is Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula bite? The good news for potential pet owners is that these tarantula rarely bite. If they do, they will not cause any harm other than some painful tingling, swelling etc.
In rare cases, people allergic to Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula venom might develop facial swelling, hives, and anaphylactic shock.
Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula breeding
When pairing the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula male and female, keep their enclosures close to each other. Let the male approach the female. Some aggressive females could attack the male so make sure it has room to make an escape should the need arise.
Soon the female will calm down and allow mating. Pairing should then occur without any incident. Within a couple of weeks, she will lay her egg sac. Blue colored spiderlings will emerge from the sac within 2-3 months.
Female Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula make good mothers and take good care of their sac by hiding it under their abdomens. The spiderlings remain with their mother until they are ready to hunt. As they grow, they lose their bluish hue and develop orange, pink, green, and other vibrant tinges.
Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula spiderlings molt 5-6 times in the first year. Before molting, they completely stop feeding and can go without food for weeks. They become very lethargic and lay down with their legs up in the air. It might seem as if your spider is dead but it isn’t. Do not disturb it.
Even after they have molted, wait at least 1-2 weeks before offering them food.
Never keep prey items in the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula enclosure during and after molting – your spider is very vulnerable at that time. Even crickets can eat or harm your extremely vulnerable pet during this time.
Remove all uneaten prey from the enclosure 24 hours after it has gone uneaten. Failure to do this will cause the food to develop mold.
- Martinique Pinktoe Tarantula often go without webbing for years. This is completely normal and not at all a cause for concern.
- Water dish and misting are both very important for the species.
- Cross ventilation is more important than just humidity and heat for these tarantulas.
FAQs on Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula
1. Do Pinktoe tarantulas make webs?
Yes, the Avicularia Versicolor Antilles Pinktoe tarantula spins elaborate webs high up in the trees in its natural habitat. In a terrarium, you need to provide it with artificial or real plants with plenty of anchor points for it to spin its web. Don’t be alarmed if your pet goes without making a web for several years though. Sometimes, they are late bloomers.
2. Is the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula docile?
Compared to other arboreal tarantulas, the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula is fairly docile. However, it is still best to bring home this pet only if you have prior experience in keeping tarantulas.
3. Can a pink toe tarantula kill you?
The Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula venom is not powerful enough to kill. First of all, they rarely bite. If they do, their bite is not powerful enough to kill. It will only feel like a bee’s sting and could cause some pain and swelling.
4. Can you handle a Pink toe tarantula?
Handling a pink toe tarantula is only recommended for experienced people. Remember: this is an agile tarantula that can jump and escape with ease. It is also delicate and could break if you drop it from a height. They also have a habit of shooting out urticating hairs or fecal matter when they get nervous.
If you must handle one, make sure to pin its fangs near the skin.
Conclusion – Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula
Unlike most Avicularia species, the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula is the most docile.
They are fun to keep as pets and you can even keep them in groups.
Make sure you maintain humidity as well as cross ventilation in the terrarium. Both these are important factors in addition to maintaining the enclosure’s temperature.
We hope this brief guide helps you keep your Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula safe and in optimum health.