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Aka: Phormictopus sp. 'Dominican Purple', Dominican Purple Birdeater


Experience: Beginner, Mostly docile though each T possesses their own personality. They are more active at night often moving dirt around redecorating.


Growth Rate: Mid, about 5 years to reach full size.


Type: Terrestrial/Fossorial (Opportunistic Burrowers)


Venom: Low potency typically not harmful to humans. 


Urticating Hairs: Yes


Adult Size: DLS-7-8”


Expected Life Span: Females 10+ years - Males 5-6 years


Temperature: Between 65º and 78º.


Humidity: 65-70% with adequate ventilation.


Natural Origins: Dominican Republic


Habitat: A recommended adult Enclosure size of 20x20x20. A drainage layer of clay balls or small gravel is beneficial in getting the substrate saturated but not leaving it a watery mush, adding a layer of mesh screen keeps the substrate and drainage level separated, and finally a layer of a good substrate on top. It's recommended to have a water dish, multiple hides, and plenty of substrate for the T to burrow in if they desire to do so even though they are an arboreal species. You can also add in a few clumps of moist sphagnum moss to keep the humidity higher, wetting them down once a week. For a bioactive tank, you can add Springtails and even live plants that help keep the humidity up and add to the enclosure aesthetic.


Substrate: A Peat moss and coco fiber mixture with added clumps of sphagnum moss and some vermiculite help keep humidity stay up. 5-7" of Substrate should suffice but more wouldn't hurt.



  • Sling (1/4"-1")

Sm. crickets, or Sm. Dubia 2x a week.


  • Sub-Adult(1-3")

3-4 medium crickets, Md. Dubia every 7-10 days


  • Adult(4"+)

3 or 4 large Dubia roaches every other week or about a dozen crickets every 2 to 3 weeks


  • As an Adult, you can mix up the diet with Red Runner Roaches, Superworms, and even Horned Worms as a rare treat as they are more fatty than nutritional.



Picture Credit: 03 Arachnids

Dominican Purple

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