Psalmopoeus Cambridgei: Facts, Lifespan, Care, Feeding, & Breeding

Male Trinidad Chevron Tarantula Source

Psalmopoeus Cambridgei (Trinidad chevron tarantula) is a new world arboreal (tree-living) tarantula species native to the tropical island of Trinidad. This is a very fast and flighty species and in the wild Psalmopoeus Cambridgei will live in the trees so they tend to run, jump, and tend to prefer to run up anything they can. These unique tarantulas are desired in the tarantula keeping community, but due to their quick speeds, defensiveness and venomous painful bite the P. cambridgei should be left for more experienced keepers and left primarily as a display animal.

Psalmopoeus Cambridgei Lifespan & Size

The Trinidad chevron tarantula matures very quickly, with the males maturing entirely in three to three and a half years and will die fairly quickly after reaching maturity. The females, on the other hand, can live for over ten years. This species is known for being a quite hardy and a fast-growing tarantula. P. cambridgei will get a leg span of up to six to eight inches.

Psalmopoeus Cambridgei Facts & Characteristic

The Trinidad Chevron tarantula gets its unique name from the female’s distinct chevron shaped markings and its country of origin, the tropical Trinidad islands. Psalmopoeus Cambridgei females have a beautiful mossy green coloration with beautiful reddish-orange colorations on the front legs. After molting, you can especially see the distinct coloring. The males, on the other hand, are known for being very plain gray or brown coloration and are quite neutral looking. In the wild, Psalmopoeus Cambridgei will live in the trees spinning a fennel shaped web as well as hide in burrows to hide from predators, especially as young spiderlings.

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Handling & Bite

This species of tarantula should be left to intermediate keepers, they are extremely quick and are known to jump. They are also known to be a more aggressive and defensive species against being handled and are quick to bite in defense so it is generally considered a tarantula that you would just observe unless rehousing. The bite is a painful, venomous inhibitor containing bite comprised of psalmotoxin and vanillotoxin.
Feeding (what they eat, like etc.)

Like most tarantulas, the Trinidad chevron tarantula loves live food. It is important to ensure that they are getting all the vitamins and minerals they need it is essential to “gut load” the prey before feeding them to your tarantula they can be fed on a medium to large size crickets as well as live roaches.

Psalmopoeus Cambridgei Care

P. Cambridgei is a very hardy tarantula species not needing much in the way of special care. As long as temperature and humidity are kept within their preferred temperatures and are fed regularly, they should thrive in their environment.

Tank/habitat 

Since the Trinidad chevron tarantula lives on trees in the wild, they will need a rather tall enclosure with a substrate that they can climb and can web around. If P. Cambridgei is forced to live on ground level, they will become stressed and before long die. It is also important to have lots of different substrates such as cork bark, leaves, and sphagnum moss so that they can build dirt curtains and hide as well as they can be quite skittish and like to make a hiding tunnel.

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It is also quite important that the habitat is kept quite moist at around 80 percent and to always have a supply of water in a dish. P. Cambridgei also prefers relatively warm temperatures of 75 to 80°F and consistently in between 72 to 74°F in the winter months. P. Cambridgei is known to be a very hardy tarantula that can live in a wide variety of conditions.

Psalmopoeus Cambridgei Breeding

Psalmopoeus Cambridgei is known to be an avid breeder. They are known to double clutch, dropping two egg sacs after one breeding attempted. They can lay on overage anywhere from 40 to 150 eggs in each of these sacs. The Psalmopoeus Cambridgei sling will hatch after about six weeks. Extra precaution should be taken when moving them as they are known to be even more maneuverable and very fast.

Trinidad chevron tarantula slings
Psalmopoeus Cambridgei slings Source