(Grammostola pulchra)


Even though the exotic pet industry is thriving, we still often find ourselves struggling to get our hands on some of our favorite animals, so we can make them available to our customers. Late last month we received news that a group of one of the most prized pet tarantulas was available, and we were quick to jump on the opportunity. Since they are not as abundant as other tarantulas, they are somewhat less renowned, and that should not be the case. We believe this is a species that should be better known, and an one that is an option for anyone looking to get a new pet tarantula. So without further ado, we are all very excited to announce that our March Animal of the Month is the Brazilian Black Tarantula, (Grammostola pulchra.)

This is a new world tarantula, native to Brazil and northern Uruguay. The Brazilian Black is a terrestrial species that will burrow when given the opportunity, but they more commonly keep themselves hidden beneath rocks, logs, & vegetation, where they are relatively safe from predators and ready to ambush prey. These are good sized tarantulas, with robust bodies and a typical adult leg span of 6” to 7”. They are particularly aggressive feeders, with a diet based primarily on small insects.


Scales ‘N Tails highly recommends Brazilian Black Tarantulas as we believe that make great pets for beginners and experts alike. Their stout, solid black bodies make them absolutely gorgeous animals! They are also quite docile and very hardy in captivity. Just like all tarantulas, they are venomous, but they more likely to attempt to flee than they are to bite. Many new world tarantulas are known to flick urticating hairs off their abdomen when threatened, but this defensive response is less common amongst Brazilian Blacks. Human contact with these hairs can cause discomfort and often a rash, but should not be something to be alarmed of. We suggest that any tarantula acting defensive is best to leave alone.


Caring for a pet Brazilian Black Tarantula could not be easier. We recommend keeping adults in a 10 to 20-gallon terrarium. Eco Earth Coconut Bedding or Lugarti Tarantula Bedding should be used as a substrate, at a depth of about 4 inches to give them plenty of room to burrow. Since they are not the most skilled burrowers, they will appreciate a piece of Cork Bark being placed in the substrate to assist in construction of the burrow. A shallow water dish, with clean water should also be provided at all times.

Temperatures should be kept between 75-85 degrees, so providing a small supplemental heat source will likely be necessary. Ideal humidity level should be around 60-70%, which can be achieved by simply overfilling the water dish a bit and letting evaporation take care of the rest. These tarantulas do seem to prefer a fairly dry substrate, so make sure only a small area around the dish is allowed to get wet.

Once it’s environmental needs have been met, simply provide your tarantula a few appropriately sized Dubia Roaches or Crickets every few days, and you’ll have a happy, healthy pet. As previously mentioned, this is a particularly aggressive feeder, so observing it hunt and consume its prey can be very exciting.

If you provide the right environment for your Brazilian Black, then you’ll be able to enjoy your pet tarantula for a long time. This is a slow growing species that takes a relatively long time to reach maturity. Females of this species have a captive lifespan of 20-30 years! Unfortunately for them, the males aren’t as prolific, but will still typically live for 5-10 years.

Finally, we wouldn’t be doing our Animal of the Month justice if we didn’t make it an affordable pet option. So, for the month of March, while supplies last, we will have well started, 3” Brazilian Black Tarantulas available for the unbeatable price of $99.99! These tarantulas have been very hard to find recently, and will typically sell for $120 or more. So if you’re interested in a new pet tarantula, this is a great opportunity to acquire an awesome species at a great price!