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AKA: Haplocosmia himalayana, Himalayan banded Earthtiger or the Himalayan purple-banded earth tiger tarantula


Experience: Intermediate


Growth Rate: Medium


Type: Obligate Fossorial


Venom: Medically significant


Urticating Hairs: Yes


Adult Size: DLS up to 6"


Expected Life Span: Females- up to 16 yrs

Males- up to 5 yrs


Temperature: 78°F - 82°F is ideal


Humidity: 65%


Natural Origins: mountainous regions of Nepal and India



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




Sling (1/4"-1")

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



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



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.




Extra Info. : Are heavy webbers, first described by Reginald Innes Pocock in 1899.

"Haplocosmia himalayana (Pocock, 1899)". Catalogue of Life. Species 2000: Leiden, the Netherlands. Retrieved 12 December 2022.

^ a b c d Husain, Akhlaq (2020). "New Record of Himalayan Earth Tiger Tarantula Haplocosmia himalayana (Pocock, 1899) (Arachnida : Araneae : Theraphosidae) from Rajpur, Dehra Dun (Uttarakhand) with its Taxo-morphology, Distribution and Pest Controlling" (PDF). Research Trend. Retrieved December 11, 2022.

Adult photo credit: Jacob Huff

Himalayan Earth Tiger

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