• Grammostola pulchra - Care Sheet

      Care Sheet

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      Subfamily: Theraphosinae
      Genus: Grammostola
      Species: pulchra
      Common Name: Brazilian Black
      Explorer: Mello-Leitão
      Year of Discovery: 1921
      Country: Brazil and Uruguay
      Tarantula World: New World


      Habitat: Terrestrial, opportunistic burrowing species.
      Temperament: Docile, rarely flick urticating hairs.
      Growth/Size: Slow, this species reaches 6"- 7" with a stocky body
      Experience Level: Novice
      Handling Can be handled, but always use caution. It is recommended to sit close to the floor when handling any species. If your Tarantula falls to the ground it can be fatal, their exoskeleton is very fragile. Be careful!
      Temperature: 70° - 85°F
      Humidity: 60 - 70 %
      Enclosure: Any enclosure from 10-20 gallon will work, with more floor area and less height for an adult specimen. Provide a hiding spot, a flower pot or wood bark can be used. Be creative, there are lots of different ways to make a hide for a Tarantula. Artificial plants are optional. When keeping this species in a larger enclosure make sure to add enough substrate to prevent any injuries from a potential fall.
      Substrate: Coconut choir (Eco Earth) and/or Peat Moss, you may make a mix of coconut choir and Peat Moss (75/25). Avoid any Evergreen woods (Cypress, Reptile Bark, or forest mix) inside of the enclosure. Evergreens contain natural insecticidal oils that can harm your Tarantula if exposed long enough.
      Diet: Crickets, roaches, meal worms, wax worms, and giant worms. Please do not offer wild caught prey, as it may contain pesticides which can harm your Tarantula.
      Water: Make sure to offer a water bowl, the size should be half the size of the species. Do not use any sponges, cotton balls or paper towel or water crystals inside of water bowl, just clean water. Small rocks may be added to help avoid drowning prey. Clean the water bowl at least once a week, or when you feel it is necessary. Crickets or roaches may end up dead in the water, in which case you should clean it right away. Spiderlings can have a water bowl (a water bottle cap works well) when they are about 1.5”. Prior to that you can mist one side of the enclosure wall 1-2 times a week, and keep the substrate moist; do not over wet it.
      Longevity: It has been said that this species can live up to 20 years if well cared for. No formal record has been made yet.
      Maturity female: 5-6 years, this is only an estimate.
      Maturity male/ Tibial Apophysis: 4-5 years, this is only an estimate. Yes, on first pair of legs. Mature males have been known to live two years or more.
      Communal Setup: Not recommended for this species.
      Color Markings: The overall coloration of this species is a deep black with a blue hue. The setae often have faint white tips giving the tarantula a very slick glossy appearance.
      In the Wild: Grammostola pulchra is a terrestrial tarantula native to the Pampas (temperate grasslands covering some 777,000 square kilometers) of Brazil and Uruguay. The Uruguayan savanna is a subtropical grassland, also known as the Brazilian-Uruguayan savanna, one of three Pampa Eco-regions, lying east of the Uruguay River in the South Temperate Zone, and includes all of Uruguay and the southern portion of Brazil's state of Rio Grande do Sul.
      Special Note: Make sure never to keep a Tarantula enclosure directly in the sun. No additional light is necessary for your Tarantula’s habitat; natural lighting is perfectly fine. Although, Grammostola pulchra do seem to enjoy basking near a light source.
      CITES List No listing for this species. Although, Brazil has closed export for this species. Only captive bred specimen are available.
      Disclaimer from Tarantulas US Handling venomous animals is not advised or endorsed by this forum. In certain cases of envenomation, hospitalization has been required. Some species may have very potent venom and special caution should be taken.
      Credits Thank you to Scoolman who provided the majority of information for this care sheet.
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      Comments 16 Comments
      1. Scoolman's Avatar
        Scoolman -
        Thank you for posting my sheet BayLee.
      1. Noble's Avatar
        Noble -
        Very Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      1. marcfrick2112's Avatar
        marcfrick2112 -
        Good care sheet! If I may add, my pulchra does quite well with less humidity. Alandra's tank is around 40% hum. and she seems to do well. I obv. keep her water dish clean and full at all times, and occasionally dampen part of the substrate.
      1. Rep's Avatar
        Rep -
        great care sheet baylee
      1. damalia's Avatar
        damalia -
        excellent care sheet
      1. McFearedSon's Avatar
        McFearedSon -
        Awsome! I just bought a 1/2inch G. Pulchra sling today, my first T. This helped me a lot!
      1. skippydude's Avatar
        skippydude -
        I have 3 G pulchras they are 1/2" to 3/4" slings
        You should see the look on my gal's face, I just told her I got a box of Ts coming Friday
        Another pulchra, a Oligoxystre diamantinensis and a $50 grab bag of who knows what species
      1. Scoolman's Avatar
        Scoolman -
        Quote Originally Posted by skippydude View Post
        I have 3 G pulchras they are 1/2" to 3/4" slings
        You should see the look on my gal's face, I just told her I got a box of Ts coming Friday
        Another pulchra, a Oligoxystre diamantinensis and a $50 grab bag of who knows what species
        And here I am wondering if 28 G pulchra is enough. Ranging from 5th instar slings(13) to mature adults(7), and everything in-between(8).
      1. kuznex's Avatar
        kuznex -
      1. JumpSpidersInc's Avatar
        JumpSpidersInc -
        Quote Originally Posted by kuznex View Post
      1. TJunkie's Avatar
        TJunkie -
        Love G. pulchra planning to get one soon really Helpful Care Sheet ty
      1. Poec54's Avatar
        Poec54 -
        Quote Originally Posted by Scoolman View Post
        [B]And here I am wondering if 28 G pulchra is enough. Ranging from 5th instar slings(13) to mature adults(7), and everything in-between(8).
        Pulchra's one of the great T's. Hard to overdo them.
      1. Scoolman's Avatar
        Scoolman -
        Quote Originally Posted by Poec54 View Post
        Pulchra's one of the great T's. Hard to overdo them.
        Well, there you go. I have official confirmation, I am not "crazy".
      1. Poec54's Avatar
        Poec54 -
        Quote Originally Posted by Scoolman View Post
        Well, there you go. I have official confirmation, I am not "crazy".
        I don't know that having my backing will impress too many people.
      1. JumpSpidersInc's Avatar
        JumpSpidersInc -
        Quote Originally Posted by Poec54 View Post
        I don't know that having my backing will impress too many people.
        Why do you say this?
      1. Tgirl1010's Avatar
        Tgirl1010 -
        Quote Originally Posted by Scoolman View Post
        Well, there you go. I have official confirmation, I am not "crazy".
        Well, I wouldn't go THAT far.