The purple pinktoe tarantula, also known as Avicularia purpurea, is a species of tarantula that is native to Ecuador, specifically the Amazon rainforest and agricultural areas. These tarantulas are well-suited for climbing and are known to build their nests in trees, bushes, hollows, and thick foliage.
What sets the purple pinktoe tarantula apart is its unique appearance. The spider has a vibrant purple hue that spans across its body, while the abdomen is jet black. Males are smaller and thinner than females, and grow quicker than them.
The purple pinktoe tarantula can grow up to 5.1 inches in length, with males having an average leg span of 3 to 4.5 inches, and females having a leg span of 4 to 5 inches. These tarantulas can live up to 14 years with proper care, but males typically have a shorter lifespan of 3 to 4 years.
These tarantulas are peaceful, skittish, and fast-moving spiders that rarely bite. Their main means of defense is their stinging hairs. While cannibalism is uncommon in this species, they exhibit territorial aggression and shouldn’t be housed together.
To ensure the survival of the purple pinktoe tarantula, hobbyists need to simulate warm, humid environments with plenty of climbing spots and hiding places. A mature Avicularia purpurea requires an enclosure that measures at least 16 inches tall and 12 inches wide, with plenty of vertical space to allow the tarantula to engage in its natural climbing behavior.
Maintaining a temperature between 70 and 78°F, establishing a temperature gradient, and keeping humidity levels between 65% to 80% are crucial to their health and wellbeing. Dampening the substrate, a large water dish, and light misting every few days can help increase the humidity. Mist more frequently during molting periods, though avoid spraying near the tarantula and its webbing.