Trinidad Chevron Tarantula
Psalmopoeus cambridgei (Araneae: Theraphosidae)

The Trinidad Chevron Tarantula, as its name implies, is native to Trinidad and Tobago. This tarantula lacks the urticating hairs of other New World species. In fact, it belongs to the same subfamily (Selenocosmiinae) as the old world Poecilotheria. Spiderlings may show some burrowing behavior, but this species is considered arboreal. Captives grow quickly and web profusely in their enclosures.


Captive Requirements

Housing: Upright cage, taller than wide
Communal: Possibly when young
Diet: Crickets, cockroaches, or flying insects
Substrate: Soil, peat moss, or vermiculite
Decor: Cork bark upright against side of cage, water dish
Temperature: 23.9 to 29.4 C (75 to 85 F)
Humidity: High
Temperament: Skittish and extremely fast
Considerations: May not be suitable for beginners


I got Chessa during the summer of 2003 as a trade for some millipedes. She had a sibling, Tiger, who somehow disappeared. I don't think she could have escaped, so it is a mystery; perhaps a hungry cricket devoured her. Chessa is the namesake of my old dog, Chessie, who died in August of 2002. Not much of a similarity between the two, though.

Aug.? 2003 Spiderlings 18 days old
Photo by Susan Terry
Sept. 18, 2003: Just a little thing!
Jan. 6, 2005: She's sure grown hasn't she? Chessa decided to run up my pants leg while I was taking
pictures. I took the pants off to get her out; the photo with the quarter is her still in the pants.

Copyright 2005-2006 By Emily Tenczar



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