Habitat: Brazil and Uruguay
Longevity: ♂ ~ 4 years / ♀ ~ 20 years
Body size without legs (cm/in): ~ 6/2,4
This is the spider most people know from horror films. The "cult-tarantula" in black, killing everything that gets in its way...
In real life this spider is known for being docile and most times there are no problems to handle this beauty.
In order to breed them successfully, a winter dormancy must be considered. Our spiders often bury themselves for several weeks, then usually a molt is pending. The G. pulchra grows very slowly and takes years to reach sexual maturity. Perhaps that's why people in the hobby have to pay a high price for one of these creatures.
This species can be kept a little more humid and cooler. In their natural habitat, winters with sometimes sub-zero temperatures are to be expected.
Picture: a juvenile with 3,5 cm body size ~ over 2 years old. The brownish coloration is normal at this age