Tarantulas: Who Are The Best Webbers?
There's something about that gorgeous white webbing that gets my imagination going. When I look into my Indian Violet's enclosure, it's like gazing at an alien world, and utterly fantastic! We tarantula keepers don't often see our spiders hanging out in the open where they can be observed, but good webbers make sure you know there's definitely a tarantula at home.
Some of the most elaborate tunnel systems are made by these species. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be as common in the hobby as others. They are not considered overly attractive, are fast, venomous, and unfriendly. These traits make them less desirable for casual hobbyists and you will probably need to find an online vendor if you decide to pursue individuals of this genus.
- C. huahini Asian Fawn
- C. fibriatus Indian Violet
- Chilobracys sp. "blue" or "Penang" - members of the genus classified by color or locality.
The infamous orange baboon tarantula, or "OBT" is a great webber. It's ease of breeding, hardiness, and brilliant color make it a readily available species, with spiderlings as cheap as $10 through online retailers and at reptile expos. It's not often you will find them quite so cheap at a local store, but they remain the most affordable webber out there, with adults being easy to obtain.
OBTs are an Old World species like Chilobrachys, and are especially known for their readiness to fight off their keepers and potent venom. You can expect lots of posturing, probably some hissing, and they will certainly strike at anything you bring near to them. Some will even charge if provoked enough. This makes them great fun, a thrill to keep!
Not ready to make the jump to Old World species? The green bottle blue tarantula is the go-to for New World webbers. They are an utterly gorgeous spider, and often carried by local exotic-centered shops. With their blue legs, emerald carapace, and flame colored abdomen, GBBs are like walking jewels. Spiderlings, though their coloration and patterns differ from adults, are just as pretty and beloved by their keepers.
As far as temperament, they as defensive as a rosehair tarantula, maybe a little more so, but boy can they make a home! They are very suitable for the more casual or less experienced enthusiast, and remain much more visible than other webbing species, frequently situating themselves in the open waiting for prey to happen by.
Housing Silk-Centered Species
Most of the species listed in this article are terrestrial, but not obligate burrowers. So, if you want to encourage elaborate tunneling, use a taller enclosure, as you would for an arboreal tarantula. Your spider will build ramps and tunnels upward and create multiple stories within his home. Include taller décor to offer support for his silken creation. Not only will his webbing be more stunning, but your tarantula will likely be more easily spotted by turning his enclosure, as tunnels tend to hug the walls, especially if housed in something round instead of cube shaped.
Though less elaborate in their webbing than the terrestrial species mentioned, you can rely on Avicularia species to put up some drapes. They are pretty tarantulas, and extremely common in the hobby, making them quite an affordable option. They are a New World genus, and generally docile, though some species are prone to run. Avicularia species are great for beginners looking for an introduction to arboreals.
- A. aviculaira Common Pinktoe
- A. diversipes Amazon Sapphire Pinktoe
- A. geroldi Brazilian Blue & Red Pinktoe
- A. laeta Puerto Rican Pinktoe
- A. metallica Metallic Pinktoe
- A. minatrix Venezuelan Red Stripe
- A. purpurea Purple Pinktoe
- A. versicolor Antilles Pinktoe