Scientific Name: Caribena versicolor
Common Name: Antilles pink toe/Martinique pink toe
Endemic Location: Martinique/Lesser Antilles
Adult Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 4.5″ to 6″
Growth Rate: Fast
Life Expectancy: Females 12 years / Males 3 years
Recommended Experience Level: Beginner
The Caribena versicolor is a beautiful arboreal tarantula. This is a new world species and is known to be docile, although it can be shy especially when young.
As slings they are unusually colourful compared with many other tarantulas. They are a striking blue which changes to a mixture of red, green and blue as they mature.
Being arboreal they do require a vertical enclosure with a variety of decor in order to web and be secure. An enclosure with cross ventilation is advisable, the enclosure cannot be too damp or it can be fatal for this species.
However once correct husbandry parameters are met this species is easy to keep. The Caribena versicolor is a docile, when disturbed it will try to flee at first and is known to jump. Persistent provocation can result in use of urticating setae, however they are type II urticating setae so direct contact is necessary to be effective.
Maintain a temperature of around 20-24C with humidity around 70%.