Avicularia bicegoi

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This is a specific care sheet for Brazilian Brick Reds (Avicularia bicegoi), for more in this genus see Category:Avicularia.

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Brazilian Brick Red care sheet
Avicularia bicegoi
Brazilian Pinktoe Tarantula
Brazilian Pinktoe Tarantula
Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Subphylum: Arachnomorpha

Class: Arachnida

Subclass: Micrura

Order: Araneae

Suborder: Opisthothelae

Family: Theraphosidae

Subfamily: Aviculariinae

Genus: Avicularia

Species: A. bicegoi

Avicularia bicegoi the Brazilian Brick Red Tarantula is native to Brazil and lives amid branches of trees or bushes. They are largely nocturnal in habit and so tend to eat moths and other insects that move about above ground at night.

This tarantula has hairs that are reddish with a bright colour on top. It has a fluffy appearance because its legs are so hairy. Being a pretty rare species it is probably the hardest of the Avic's to get hold of so any collector would snap these up right away. Humidity seems very important for this species and should be monitored carefully.

Tarantula Information (for a more detailed Tarantula care review see Tarantula Care Sheets
Information and Tarantula Care
Regions Found: Brazil
Class: Arboreal
Longevity:
Adult Size: 13 to 15cm
Temperament: Calm and docile
Urticating Hairs: Yes
Venom Potency: Unknown
Avicularia bicegoi Housing Requirements
Tarantula Housing: Height is much more important than floor space, a substrate should be provided with a variety of plants and branches. Ensure branches are in a stable position and will not fall if the tarantula climbs onto it.
Temperature: between 24 to 30°C
Humidity: Around 85%
Special Requirements: No special requirements.
Breeding Avicularia bicegoi Tarantulas
Breeding Difficulty: Unknown
Egg sac size: Unknown
Danger to Male: Probable sexual cannibalism
Avicularia bicegoi Diet
Livefood insects such as crickets, locust, butter worms, meal worms, superworms, houseflies and cockroaches.
Recommended Pet Supplies for Avicularia bicegoi


Housing[edit]

Avicularia Housing

Unusual with tarantulas, this species can be kept communally, there should be little or no cannibalism provided the tarantulas are of similar size and are well fed.

Adult Avicularia can be kept in container that is about 1 cubic foot in size and provided with plenty of ventilation. A small converted aquarium will do perfect if there is enough climbing space for the tarantula.

Spiderlings can be kept in small containers such as pill tubs and waxworm tubs slightly larger species can be kept in livefood tubs stood on end to provide the height.

Provide some flora for your Pinktoe to reside and build its web. If you want to make your pet’s home more attractive you may choose to further decorate the enclosure. Avoid sharp edges and rough textures.

Heating and Climate[edit]

Ensure that you adhere to the specific needs of the Avicularia you are housing. Bear in mind that the warmer you keep your tarantula, the higher its metabolic rate will be. Therefore it will want to eat more often and will grow faster. At night temperatures can so ensure a temperature drop of at least 10°F, to give the tarantula a sense of time. Humidity can be provided by moist substrates and a misting bottle. Misting can cause Avicularia to lose their grip of smooth surfaces, so becareful not to squirt it off its perch. The best way to keep the tank humid is to provide a large shallow water bowl and keep the substrate moist.

Feeding[edit]

Just like other tarantulas, Avicularia eat insects, reptiles and small rodents up to their own size. Suitable insects include crickets, moths, beetle larvae (meal worms and superworms), houseflies and cockroaches. Although they may take on rodents and reptiles in the wild it is not recommended you feed them in captivity, for complications may arise such as a fatal bite by the food item itself.

When feeding livefoods, although it may be fun, try not to over challenge your Pinktoe by giving it food items that are too large. Stick with something about half the size of the tarantula and remove uneaten food items so they do not cause harm or stress the tarantula.

Avicularia Feeding

Spiders usually eat massive amounts post-moult until they are full, this is called power feeding. They will refuse food pre-molt or when ready to lay an eggsack. It usually takes about 1 week to 1 month for Avicularia to accept food after a moult, because of the skin and fang hardening process. You can’t really overfeed a tarantula, but this doesn't mean you should overdo it by giving it 50 crickets after a moult; the tarantula will probably end up killing them all and leaving dead ones uneaten. If this is the case then they should be removed to prevent bacteria and mould growth. The other factor is that a plump abdomen is more prone to rupture if this arboreal species falls from a height.

Avicularia are sometimes troublesome to feed as food items will explore terrestrially and go unnoticed. To encourage feeding try to drop the food items near to the tarantula and so that it lands on the web. You will find that a hungry Avicularia will pounce on any meal that falls nearby.

Breeding[edit]

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Avicularia bicegoi Spiderlings

Breeding of this genus is pretty straight forward since they can be kept communally, it is however difficult to get them "in the mood".

Gallery of Avicularia[edit]