Hi Jesses,Originally posted by jesses
I just got a new A. Avicularia and mine will not eat yet. Her body is 1.5" with a legspan of 2.5 inches. Not sure what her deal is as I've never owned a tarantula in the genus.
Since we're on the subject, can I get anyone's opinion on keeping more than one Avicularia (either of the same species or of different species in the same genus) in the same enclosure? The last time I put two spiders together, they fought nonstop until I separated them...
I have three ten gallon tanks set up with two female Avicularia avicularia in each. I pass the male from tank to tank, hoping he isn't already spent. As long as there are plenty of hides, such as broad leaved plants, paper towel tubes, sticks, branches, vines, etc. however you want the tank to look, but lots of hiding places, you shouldn't have too much problem. Very important: Keep them well fed or they'll cannabilize. Occasionally you may see a scuffle, but usually they'll just do it for a couple seconds then both run away from eachother. They are amazingly tolerant of eachother in these setups, and I've seen no cannibalization....Yet.
Keep in mind it's always a risk. I wouldn't try placing two separate species together unless you know what sex they are, etc. You could possibly end up inadvertently crossbreeding them, even though you may not have that intention.
So the keys are lots of room, and lots of food!