Burgundy Goliath Bird Eater

Common name : burgundy Goliath bird eater
Species name : theraphosa stirmi
Group or family : theraphosa 
PR keeper level : 9 
PR handler level :9
Species background or natural history : this is an extremely popular species due to its enormous size and feeding response. This species is often regarded to being the largest tarantulas species in world but the t. Blondie actually is. This is a great display species because as adults they tend to stay out in the open most of the time . 

Physical description : this species is enormous and extremely heavily built. It has an overall dark tan color and has velvety look due to its fine hair . This species can get up to 10 inches with males being leggier than females. 

Distribution: this species is found throughout Guyana .

Lifespan : Females can live up to 20 years , males only live 3 - 6 years and die soon after sexual maturity. 

Caging : adults should be housed in a 20 gallon terrarium. Floor space is more important than height. Slings can be kept in a pill bottle and moved up to a deli cup as they grow. Enclosures that don't have mesh tops are recommended , because many tarantulas climb to the top and may get their tarsus caught and can potentially loose a leg . High levels of substrate are also recommended because tarantulas do climb and fall , and a fall from a few inches could be fatal. 

Cage decor if any : this species should be provided a hide of an appropriate size so it can hide away when feeling stressed or threatened. Live plants or fake plants also help the tarantula feel more secure and help with humidity. 

Temp: this species should be kept at 76 - 84 degrees. 

Heating and lighting : this species doesn't need any heating or lighting as long as your house stays at 65°-80°F. If your house drops below that , a small portable heater is recommended to heat up the room. 

Humidity and water : the humidity should always be kept at 70-80% . Humidity Is key to keeping this species alive , they easily perish without the proper humidity and have problems molting. Covering 85% of the top the enclosure is recommended to keep the humidity high. Half of the enclosure's substate should be kept moist. The large exo terra kidney dish Is recommended for an adult specimen.

Diet and feeding : this species as juveniles can feed on crickets , super worms , locust , and roaches as long as the prey item is of an appropriate size. Adult roaches are best for adult specimens since other feeder insects are to small for adults .

Supplements : tarantulas do not need supplements 

Breeding : very few people have success breeding this species , that is why so many specimens are wild caught. Most of the time the females aren't interested in the male or eat the male . You have to have a mature male and a mature female to breed. You must put the male in the females enclosure , if all goes well he will hold the females fangs with his tibial hooks and inject his sperm into the female. You must be ready to separate them once they are done mating , if not the female might try to eat the male. If the breeding was successful the female with produce an egg sack. When the time comes you will have to take the egg sack from the female , put in an incubator and cut the egg sack when its ready. You must then separate each sling and put them in individual containers. 

Handling your new pet : this species should not be handled , they are skittish and will not hesitate to flick urticating hair . The T. stirmi's urticating hairs are worse than most tarantula specie's. This species has over 1 inch long fangs as adults , a bite from an adult would need medical attention .