Learn everything about the Caribena versicolor tarantula – from its natural habitat to husbandry

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Caribena versicolor: An exotic tarantula from the Caribbean

Caribena versicolor, also known as the Martinique tree tarantula, is native to the rainforest of Guadeloupe and Martinique. This region is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to a variety of exotic plant and animal species, including a large number of tarantula species.
Guadeloupe and Martinique are two islands in the Caribbean Sea, which forms part of the great island arc of the Antilles. The rainforest of northern Martinique is one of the last primary rainforests in the Caribbean and is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including Caribena versicolor.
The natural habitats of Caribena versicolor are forested hills covered with tall trees, shrubs and undergrowth. These spiders are good climbers and often move freely through the undergrowth and trees. In their natural habitat, they feed on small insects such as crickets and grasshoppers.
In terms of husbandry and breeding, Caribena versicolor are now kept by hobby breeders and enthusiasts worldwide. Although originally from the Caribbean, they are now common in many parts of the world and are often kept as exotic pets.
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A tarantula that stands out

Caribena versicolor is an attractive tarantula known for its bright colors and unique pattern. It has a strong, robust body and long, sturdy legs. The body of the spider is usually colored in a combination of red, green and black and can vary in appearance depending on age and sex.
Another characteristic feature is the pattern on its body. The spider has a rich, complex pattern of stripes and spots.
The size of Caribena versicolor can vary, but on average they grow between 5-7 inches long when they have their legs extended. Male specimens are often smaller and slimmer than female specimens and have longer legs.
Overall, Caribena versicolor is an attractive and fascinating tarantula that stands out for its bright colors and unique pattern. If you’re a fan of tarantulas, Caribena versicolor could be a great addition to your collection.
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Important factors in keeping Caribena versicolor

An important factor in keeping Caribena versicolor is the terrarium itself. Since these spiders are active climbers, they require a large terrarium that provides them with enough space to move around freely. A common size for an adult Caribena versicolor terrarium is at least 20-25 cm wide, 20-25 cm deep and 30-40 cm high.
Below is a list of which containers are suitable for the spiders depending on their size:
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In terms of terrarium setup, you should ensure good humidity, as Caribena versicolor requires relatively high humidity. You can achieve this by placing sphagnum moss or other moisturizing materials on the bottom of the terrarium. It is also important that you provide a relatively high substrate layer, which will further assist you in achieving a consistently high humidity level.
In addition to the above requirements, you should also provide a suitable temperature in the terrarium. Caribena versicolor prefers a daytime temperature between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius and a nighttime temperature between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius. Good lighting is also important to promote plant growth and to maintain healthy humidity levels.
Feeding and watering depends on a few factors, such as age, size, temperature and ventilation areas in the terrarium. In general, however, the following applies:
Feeding: as a keeper, you should feed your Caribena versicolor approximately every 7 to 10 days. Juvenile spiders can be fed more frequently, while adult spiders are happy with slightly longer intervals. Crickets, crickets or cockroaches are usually suitable as food. For still young tarantulas up to FH2, Drosophila hydei and ovenfish are suitable. It is important that the food is fresh and healthy to ensure that the spider gets enough nutrients.
Below is a list of which food animals are conceivable for which spider size:
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Watering: Caribena versicolor needs sufficient humidity to stay healthy. You can provide a moist substrate layer in your terrarium to keep the humidity at an appropriate level. It is important that you spray the web twice a week. This will ensure regular fluid intake for the spider. You can also provide an additional bowl with water. It will provide an additional source of evaporation but will not be used as a water source. It is important that you check the bowl regularly and change the water when it becomes dirty.
It is important to note that each terrarium and tarantula is unique, so it may take a bit of experimentation and adjustment to create the best conditions for your Caribena versicolor.
These spiders feed on small insects like crickets and grasshoppers in their natural habitat. In the terrarium, you can feed them a variety of live insects. Pay attention to the size of the food animals! Too small or too big animals will not be eaten.
Caribena versicolor has a life expectancy of 4 to 10 years on average. Life expectancy varies greatly and depends on a number of factors including housing conditions, spider health, diet, and sex. Males die after no more than 1 year after maturing, while females can live a whopping 10 years and even slightly older.
In summary, Caribena versicolor are active and demanding spiders that require certain conditions to stay healthy and happy. However, if you are willing to meet these requirements, you can build an amazing relationship with these fascinating animals.
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Rewarding challenges in breeding
Caribena versicolor is a species that is relatively easy to breed as long as the husbandry conditions are optimal. The breeding season of Caribena versicolor can vary, but usually depends on the husbandry parameters in the terrarium.
It is important to note that Caribena versicolor can be somewhat more aggressive during the mating season, especially during egg laying. Therefore, it is advisable to secure the terrarium well to prevent the spider from escaping.
When a female Caribena versicolor is ready to lay eggs, she will build a 5-6 cm cocoon and lay 80-150 eggs in it. After the eggs are laid, the female will protect the clutch and make sure it stays sufficiently moist until the eggs hatch.
When the eggs hatch, you can remove the baby spiders from the cocoon and keep them in a separate terrarium until they are large enough to move to a larger terrarium. During their early stages of development, the baby spiders will need fruit flies to feed and grow.
In summary, breeding Caribena versicolor is a rewarding experience that requires time, patience and care. However, if you are willing to meet these requirements, you can establish a growing population of these fascinating animals.
Discover the world of exotic tarantulas with Caribena versicolor! This extraordinary spider has a spectacular color variation that will add an unforgettable touch to your terrarium. With its appealing appearance and eye-catching personality, it will surely be the eye-catcher in any room.
Caribena versicolor is a hardy and easy to care for spider that is perfect for beginners and experienced keepers alike. In addition, it is extremely adaptable and can adapt to many different environments.
Buy your Caribena versicolor now and experience the fascination of the tarantula world first hand. With her, your home will become a lively and fascinating place that you will discover again and again. Convince yourself of their beauty and bring an adventure into your home!

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