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Venezuelan Suntiger Tarantula

Psalmopoeus irminia

This arboreal tarantula has a black silhouette with bright orange chevrons on the legs and tiger stiped pattern on the abdomen. The species has an aggressive temperament and is considered unpredictable.

Range & Habitat

The Suntiger is native to Venezuela, North-Guyana, Northern Brazil, & Paracaima. This tarantula dwells within tropical rainforests with moist and warm environments; they inhabit tree cavities at medium height and hide within holes in the bark. 

Conservation Status: Not Evaluated


Their diet consists of crickets, cockroaches, fruitflies, locust, grasshoppers, small birds, small frogs and moths. 

Life Span

Females: 12 -15 years | Males:3 - 4 years

Fun Facts about the Venezuelan Suntiger Tarantula

  • Due to their habitat’s temperature almost reaching 30ºC , the tarantula will protect itself from he harsh rays in trees crevice’s, leaves and any nearby shelter.
  • Unlike most tarantulas, this species does not have defensive urticating hairs, but instead is very fast and acquiring venom stronger than most tarantulas.
  • Females typically produce 50 to 200 eggs per sac and are able to produce a double egg sac without the need for mating a second time. Possible sexual cannibalism may occur.


Venezuelan Suntiger. Tarantula Friendly. Venezuelan suntiger - Tarantula Friendly. Retrieved August 18, 2021.

 Venezuelan Suntiger (Psalmopoeus irminia) Care Sheet. The Tarantula Collective. Venezuelan Suntiger (Psalmopoeus irminia) Care — The Tarantula Collective. Retrieved August 18, 2021.

Tom’s Big Spiders- A Tarantula Keeper’s Journal. Psalmopoeus irminia “Venezuelan suntiger” Husbandry Notes. Cancerides. Psalmopoeus irminia “Venezuelan suntiger” Husbandry Notes | Tom's Big Spiders ( Retrieved August 18, 2021.

Updated June 13, 2023
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