ⓘ Aphonopelma seemanni

                                     

ⓘ Aphonopelma seemanni

Aphonopelma seemanni, the Costa Rican zebra tarantula, also known as the striped-knee tarantula, is a species of tarantula inhabiting most of western Costa Rica and other parts of Central America, such as Honduras and Nicaragua, and possibly Guatemala. It is usually black with white stripes near the leg joints, but a brown color form also exists for the spider.

Zebra tarantulas are deep-burrowing spiders. They live in open, semi-desert shrubs and are often found in large aggregations. Their deep burrows keep the temperature below the high daytime temperatures, and retain humidity. Conversely, as the temperature drops at night, the burrows buffer low temperatures.

Zebra tarantulas can grow to about 10-13 cm including legspan. Females can live up to 20 years. Men, however, tend to live much shorter period of time - up to five years, with approximately one year of maturity. In the wild they eat various insects, such as grasshoppers and cockroaches. In captivity they eat crickets.