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Pterinochilus lugardi – Lugardi tarantula

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Scientific Name: Pterinochilus lugardi

Common Name:Lugardi tarantula

Type: Terrestrial

Category: Old World

Endemic Location: Eastern and Southern Africa

Body length: 2.25” (6cm)

Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 6”(15cm)

Urticating Hairs: No

Growth Rate: Fast

Life Expectancy: Females 14 years / Males 4 years

Recommended Experience Level: Advanced

 

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Description

Scientific Name: Pterinochilus lugardi

Common Name:Lugardi tarantula

Type: Terrestrial

Category: Old World

Endemic Location: Eastern and Southern Africa

Body length: 2.25” (6cm)

Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 6”(15cm)

Urticating Hairs: No

Growth Rate: Fast

Life Expectancy: Females 14 years / Males 4 years

Recommended Experience Level: Advanced

The Pterinochilus lugardi, commonly known as the Fort Hall Tarantula or Lugardi Tarantula, is a captivating species in the realm of arachnids. Originating from the arid and semi-arid regions of Eastern and Southern Africa, this species is renowned for its unique and striking appearance. Characterized by its overall sandy to golden-brown coloration, the Pterinochilus lugardi blends seamlessly into its desert and savannah habitats. This camouflage is not just for beauty—it’s a survival strategy, enabling the spider to evade predators and ambush prey with astonishing stealth.

Adults of this species can reach a leg span of approximately 5 to 6 inches (12.7 to 15.2 cm), with females generally being larger and more robust than males. The Pterinochilus lugardi is known for its defensive behavior and will not hesitate to adopt a threat posture or even bite if it feels threatened. However, its venom is not considered dangerous to humans, causing only mild discomfort in most cases. This species is an obligate burrower, meaning it spends much of its life underground. It constructs intricate silk-lined burrows which serve as both a refuge from the harsh climate and a trap for unsuspecting prey.

For enthusiasts in the exotic pet trade, the Pterinochilus lugardi presents both a challenge and a reward. Its fascinating behavior, impressive burrowing skills, and striking appearance make it a sought-after species for experienced keepers. However, due to its skittish and sometimes aggressive nature, it is not recommended for beginners. Care for this tarantula involves replicating its natural environment as closely as possible, with a focus on providing a deep substrate for burrowing, a warm and dry climate, and appropriate food sources. Observing the natural behaviors of the Pterinochilus lugardi in captivity offers a unique window into the life of one of nature’s most ingenious architects.

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Size

2.5"F, 1.75", 2", 2.5"

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