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Tarantula ~ Cyriocosmus elegans (Trinidad Dwarf)

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Scientific name:Cyriocosmus elegans(Simon, 1889)
Pop name:Trinidad Dwarf Tiger Rump
Origin:Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago
Type:Terrestrial (Burrowing)
Leg span:2,5-5cm (1-2")
Temperature:Day: 24-26°C
Night: 22-24°C
Can be kept in groups:No
Activity:Active when it's out of it's borrow.
Venomus:Yes, but it's not lethal to humans
Can be handled:No, I don't recommend handling this species
Food:Spiderlings are really small but can be feed small pinheads, wood lice and other small articulated animals, while bigger individuals can be feed small crickets, cockroaches, mealworms and maggots.
Breeding:Breeding this species is really straght forward, and as a effect of that this species is becoming more available in the hobby.

These animals reproduce through sexual mating. The male will walk over to the female and “drum” with his pedipalps. If the female is ready she will respond and then the male uses the hooks on his legs to grab the female’s fangs, and then he will place his sperm in her. After this he will make a, often clumsy, retreat. I recommend you to read more about this before you try to breed your tarantulas.
Terrarium:Spiderlings and small juveniles can be kept in small boxes (just remember to make holes for ventilation), while bigger individuals should be kept in a 20x20cm terrarium
Substrate:Something that keeps on the humidity. I will recommend unfertilized peat. Since this specie is a borrower the substrate should be at least 5cm thick.
Other:This is a really small tarantula. So you should not get one unless you have some experience with smaller slings. So I don't recommended Cyriocosmus elegans for first time tarantula owners.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 11:52