Grammostola iheringi

Grammostola iheringi

  • Grammostola iheringi, Keyserling, 1891
  • Grammostola gigantea
  • Eurypelma iheringii
Grammostola iheringi distribution

Distribution: Southern Brazil - Rio Grande do Sul; Santa Catarina; Parana in the valley of the Rio Grande river.

The lack of aggressive behavior, large size and vivid coloring make Grammostola iheringi one of the best choices for first tarantula. Like most representatives of the genus Grammostola, rarely casts urticarial hairs. Although living in tropical rain forests Grammostola iheringi is subjected to very low night and winter temperatures. Reconstituting these temperatures (particularly 2-3 month long "winter") in terrarium conditions is essential for successful breeding. Grammostola iheringi are often met at the end of forests and pastures, where they use the heated during the day stones. Thus they stay active during cold nights.

The high price is due to the difficult conditions for breeding and the strict laws for legal export of animals from Brazil.

They live really long. Brazilian biologist grows wild caught, adult male for 6 years. There is still no accurate data on the length of life of females.

Size: Grammostola iheringi is one of the largest representatives of the genus Grammostola. The leg span exceeds 20 cm (up to 25 cm), the body length is 7-8 cm.


Grammostola iheringi needs vast terrarium. 50x30x20 is completely sufficient for adult animal. This large tarantula readily dig. They feel well and keep calm in the presence of shelter or if they have the opportunity to make themselves one.


You can use peat or coconut substrate. A layer of 10 cm is enough. Two - thirds of the substrate should be kept moist. It is advisable to put black stone (or ceramics) under the "hot spot". A wide dish with water is needed.


The dayly temperature should be 22 - 25° C, with "hot spot" where the temperature should reach 30° C. Night temperature: 18 - 20 ° C. During the winter the tarantula must be kept in not heated room (in their habitats winter temperatures fall to 5-10° C). The humidity should be 65 - 75%.

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