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Ephebopus murinus- Skeleton leg tarantula

Item #: EPHMUR

$ 90.00

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Scientific Name: Ephebopus murinus

Common Name: Skeleton leg tarantula

Type: FossorialCategory: New World

Endemic Location: Brazil, Suriname

Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 4.75-6” (12cm)

Urticating Hairs: Yes

Growth Rate: Medium

Life Expectancy: Females 12-15 years / Males 3-4 years

Recommended Experience Level: Intermediate

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Description

Scientific Name: Ephebopus murinus

Common Name: Skeleton leg tarantula

Type: FossorialCategory: New World

Endemic Location: Brazil, Suriname

Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 4.75-6” (12cm)

Urticating Hairs: Yes

Growth Rate: Medium

Life Expectancy: Females 12-15 years / Males 3-4 years

Recommended Experience Level: Intermediate

 

The Ephebopus murinus, commonly known as the Skeleton Tarantula, is a fascinating and visually striking species of tarantula native to the rainforests of South America, particularly found in countries like Brazil, French Guiana, and Suriname. This species is renowned for its distinctive and somewhat eerie appearance, which has captivated the interest of arachnid enthusiasts around the globe. The name “Skeleton Tarantula” derives from its unique coloration; its legs exhibit a pattern that resembles a skeleton, with a stark contrast of dark and light bands that run along the length of its limbs. This distinctive pattern not only serves as an intriguing visual feature but also aids the spider in blending into the forest floor’s dappled light, offering a form of camouflage against predators.

The Ephebopus murinus is a burrowing species, preferring to spend much of its time within the safety of tunnels it constructs in the moist soil of the jungle floor. These burrows are intricately designed to provide shelter and a strategic point for ambushing unsuspecting prey. The diet of the Skeleton Tarantula mainly consists of insects, though larger specimens have been known to capture small vertebrates. An interesting aspect of this species is its defensive behavior; when threatened, it can launch a barrage of urticating hairs from its abdomen, which can cause irritation and discomfort to potential predators or unwary humans.

For those interested in keeping the Ephebopus murinus as a pet, it’s important to replicate its natural habitat as closely as possible, ensuring a high humidity environment and providing ample substrate for burrowing. While they are generally not aggressive towards humans, their skittish nature and defensive mechanisms warrant cautious handling. Due to their fascinating behavior and unique appearance, Skeleton Tarantulas continue to be a subject of intrigue and admiration within the pet trade and among arachnologists, offering a glimpse into the complex and diverse world of arachnids.

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