Chilobrachys huahini – C. huahini – Asian Giant Fawn
C.huahini are fascinating tarantulas displaying some of the most varied behaviour within one species, I have observed. These tarantulas readily embrace a arboreal. What is most noteworthy about the C.huahini is it’s extensive web spinning. The C.huahini will quickly adapt it’s enclosure to it’s preferred living conditions. I have seen C.huahini living as arboreals yet my own C.huahini has burrowed more extensively than my H.lividum. The varied terrain of Malaysia may give us a clue as to why the C.huahini is one of the most adaptable tarantualas I’ve experienced.
The C.huahini is most certainly not a beginner species purely because of it’s astounding speed. In my personal experience I found comparisons to the OBT exaggerated. The C.huahini is ridiculously fast and very nervous. While it’s always difficult to generalise on the temperement of a species, I’ve always found that a C.huahini with an established burrow will make a run for it before looking for a fight. As always my advice is don’t startle your tarantula and always give it the option of retreat, cornering your furiously fanged friend is a recipe for tears.
|Species||Chilobrachys huahini – C. huahini
|Common Names||Asian Fawn, Asian Giant Fawn, Giant Asian Fawn
|Tarantula Country of Origin||Old World – Malaysia,Thailand|
|Natural Habitat of Tarantula
|Tropical Rain Forest home of C.huahini Thailand,Malaysia (Malaysia’s rainy season extends from August to February, the proximity to the sea keeps temperatures fairly stable between 20-30 degrees celsius all year round)|
|Housing||The C.huahiniis terrestrial but also an opportunistic burrower (anecdotal evidence suggest they may be semi-arboreal – though I suspect this is more opportunistic than preference)
|Size||6 inches or 15cm
|Temperature||70F to 80F or 21C – 28C
|Humidity||Medium 70 to 80%|
|Temperement||Skittish and Defensive – The C.huahini is very fast and quite nervous it will attempt to run away first but will defend it’s personal space if cornered
|Enclosure||The C.huahini will need a terrestrial enclosure with floor space more important than height. 2-3inches or 5 to 7cm of substrate (younger C. huahini will burrow) Length and width of the enclosure should at the very least be 3 times the length of the Tarantula. The Asian Giant Fawn is very hard working and will web and web and web. It is also quite active though quite private.
|Substrate||Potting Soil/Peat Moss, Vermiculite or mix of Peat and vermiculite
|Decorations||Provide at least one burrow and realistic surroundings including plants. For a C.huahini 3 inches or larger supply a water dish. Don’t be alarmed if the Asian Giant Fawn Rejects your burrow though as they can be little bulldozers and may prefer building their own burrow.|
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