From the tropical rainforest of the northern half of Martinique comes the arboreal, Caribena versicolor (Martinique pink toe), a hobby classic. Captive bred, colorful, docile, and fairly easy to keep, it is a must for the New World aficionado.
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An undisputed hobby favorite, Caribena versicolor is endemic to the island of Martinique, one of a chain of islands in the Caribbean called the Lesser Antilles. These islands are part of a long, volcanic archipelago extending from Puerto Rico to northern South America. They bow outward toward the Atlantic, and Martinique is the easternmost of the main chain. The northern half of Martinique supports lush tropical rainforest, the home of C. versicolor. The southern half has different terrain and is drier. It supports a less common hobby species, Acanthoscurria antillensis.
Through its lifetime C. versicolor has two color patterns. Spiderlings are shades of blue. As they grow beyond juveniles they acquire adult colors. Appetite always seems to be good and growth is fast in the 75-80F range. In most US homes, with warmth comes dryness. As long as spiderlings have enough warmth and humidity they should thrive.
Careful when removing C. versicolor from its enclosure, especially spiderlings. They have a tendency to leap into the air and ‘parachute,’ usually landing no worse for wear.
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