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      Which NW Arboreal to Get Next?

      12 days ago, I lost my first tarantula, an Avicularia avicularia to a bad molt. Now I have an empty enclosure that makes me sad whenever I look at it.

      The obvious solution is to clean it out and set it up for a new arboreal resident.

      The enclosure is a front-opening glass Exo Terra Mini/Tall (12" x 12" x 18"). Ideally, I would like to get something that is ready to move in or will at least quickly grow into being ready to move in.

      I am looking into New World arboreals. (I don't want any Old Worlds yet.) I don't handle my tarantulas, so I don't care if they are skittish or a little feisty, but I do like to see them (so no ghosts). Webbing is A-OK in my book. Fluffiness is a bonus.

      My arboreal experience level is that I have been successfully keeping two Avicularia avicularia (one juvenile and the elderly female I just lost) for three years.

      I like Avics and would be open to getting another one of those or one of its recently transferred cousins. (Reading old threads while researching arboreals, I don't know why so many people hate on Avics. I think they're great.) I am also interested in Psalmopoeus cambridgei.

      So what are your favorite NW arboreals for an enclosure of this size? What do you like (or not like) about them? Species I can currently buy without paying for shipping:
      • Caribena versicolor - ½"
      • Psalmopoeus cambridgei - 2"
      • Psalmopoeus irminia – 1"
      • Tapinauchenius gigas – 2"
      • Tapinauchenius plumipes – 3" (female)
      • Tapinauchenius violaceus - 2.5"


      I think if I end up getting Psalmopoeus cambridgei, a larger enclosure might not be so bad, as they may feel less "cornered" when I go in for maintenance.

      Are Tapies too big of a jump from Avics? I know they can teleport.
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      I think you would enjoy a Psalmopoeus cambridgei. As slings, they like to burrow and make neat tube webs underground. As they get older, they tend to start hanging out in the open more. Both of mine, once they reached the "stay out" stage, rarely hid, and enjoyed lounging on cork bark slabs or the outside of a cork bark tube. They often seek hide during the day, or if they are startled.

      I have never had a prob rehousing either one. They ARE fast, tho, when they want to be. I have never gotten threats from them. The only "aggression" seen was if it was pre-molt and didn't want their offered dinner near them. (Slaps worked well, lol.)

      Tappies. I love how they look, but I have heard enough stories about their speed that warranted my never getting one.

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      That sized terrarium would also work for semi arboreal such as Thrixopelma ockerti, always out on display, beautiful colors. and isn't afraid to tackle prey. Other than that the P. cambridgei would be a good choice.

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      In case anyone was wondering, I got a Psalmopoeus cambridgei.
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      Congrats on the new add! Good choice
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      I know I'm a little late to this party but my recommendation would have been one of these four T's (Not neccessarily in this order)

      Psalmopoeus irminia - Beautiful but secretive as adults.
      Psalmopoeus cambridgei - Threat display queen.
      Psalmopoeus pulcher - A little prettier than P. cambridgei. (IMHO)
      Tapinauchenius plumipes - Really does look like mahogany wood and never hides. (At least mine never did)

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