|Species||Cyclosternum fasciatum – C. fasciatum (A common mistake is to call this species, C.fasciata this is a common mistake and normally caused by confusing Poecilotheria fasciata – P.fasciata with C.fasciatum
|Meaning of Scientific Name||Cyclosternum = circle, circular + sternum, breastbone
fasciatum = band, necklace
|Common Names||Tiger Rump, Costa Rican Tiger Rump|
|Tarantula Country of Origin||New World – Costa Rica|
|Natural Habitat of Tarantula
||Tropical Rain Forest of Costa Rica and Gautemala|
||The C.fasciatum is less bulky than many new world species. The C.fasciatum,
|Housing||Terrestrial but also an opportunistic burrower
|Size||3-4.5 inches or 8 – 12cm though C. Fasciatum tends more toward 3-4 inches or 8 – 10cm|
|Temperature||70F to 80F or 21C – 28C
|Humidity||Medium 70 to 80%|
|Temperement||Skittish and Defensive very quick to kick urticating hairs. Many keepers will tell you that the C.fasciatum can be a particularly nasty piece of work. In my experience with this species, the Tiger Rump is defensive and very aggressively defends it’s territory. However giving the C.fasciatum some additional space to establish a defensible burrow will help. I find if using the minimum size enclosure the C.fasciatum is very intolerant of intrusions.
|Enclosure||Terrestrial tank with floor space more important than height. 2-3inches or 5 to 7cm of substrate (younger C. Fasciatum will burrow) Length and width should at the very least be 3 times the length of the spider the tiger rump is rather active and makes a great display spider if given the space to roam around it’s enclosure.
|Substrate||Potting Soil/Peat Moss, Vermiculite or mix of Peat and vermiculite
|Decorations||Provide at least one burrow and realistic surroundings including plants for tarantulas 3 inches or larger supply a water dish|
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