These tarantulas are arboreal (tree-dwelling). They spin elaborate funnel webs in which they spend most of their time. Accordingly, in captivity, cage height is much more important than floor space. Decor consists of tree branches or cork pieces to which the spider can attach its web. Spiderlings of A. versicolor are bright blue, with a black tree trunk pattern on the abdomen. As they grow, they gradually lose their blue coloration; the carapace turns green, the abdomen red, and the legs turn green with pink tarsi and a covering of purple hairs. It is popular as a pet because of its docile character and unique coloration.
|LATIN NAME||Avicularia versicolor|
|ADULT SIZE||5-6in (13-15cm)|
|ADULT ENCLOSURE SIZE||12 x 12 x 18 (30 x 30 x 45cm) minimum|
|LIFE-SPAN||12+ years - Female 3-5 years - Male|