The Pink Toe Tarantula or the Avicularia avicularia is a Tarantula species most commonly used as a house pet. They are one of the most widespread Tarantula species in the world and can be easily found in pet stores. But taking care of this creature is another matter entirely. This article discusses some important tips regarding your tarantula’s care.


One look at platforms like, and you’ll notice that the most critical aspect of an enclosure for these creatures is height. These spiders love to climb up and build webs, so get an enclosure with more height than width or length. The next thing you must remember is to cross-ventilate the enclosure with a wire mesh for airflow.


Substrate refers to the territorial soil upon which a species walks. Luckily for you, Tarantulas spend most of their time above ground, which means you don’t need to build a complex substrate for them. Vermiculite or peat moss is an excellent substitute and will provide humidity to the enclosure. Remember to keep the substrate shallow so you can easily clean it.


As mentioned earlier, your tarantula won’t spend much time on the ground, so you don’t need to worry about the substrate’s decor. Instead, put pieces of cork that extend to the top of the enclosure. This will give your Tarantula plenty of places to climb and hide. Remember that spiders like these are not big fans of being out in the open and tend to get stressed with a lack of cover.


Like any tropical creature, your spider needs a humid environment to be comfortable. A hygrometer can help you regulate the humidity in the enclosure. You must never spray the spider with water directly, as this will make it aggressive and ruin its mood. If you don’t be consistent about the humidity, then your spider could die while shedding. If you don’t have a hydrometer, simply spray the substrate with water, and the heat from your lighting should increase the humidity levels.

Lighting and Temperature

Experts say that this species of spider requires no UV lights or heat lamps. They are comfortable with standard tropical temperatures. You can keep track of the enclosure’s temperature with a thermometer. Take care that you don’t leave the enclosure in direct sunlight as this could potentially cook your spider to death.


Like most Tarantulas, the Pink Toe is fond of crickets. You can find these in any pet store. The best type of crickets is the ones that are gut-fed. In other words, these crickets must be fed with vegetation to carry the nutrients that your spider needs.

There is little risk of overfeeding your pet, but the standard feeding schedule ranges between once to thrice a week. Remember to clear out the dead insects from the enclosure once your spider is done eating.

Also, keep in mind that these creatures do not form a bond with their captors. When you handle them with your hands, you must exercise a high degree of caution. You also run the risk of accidentally dropping them and thereby killing them, so it’s best to let it be in the enclosure unless there’s an emergency.

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