Top 10 Amazing Arboreal Tarantulas (With Pictures!)

Pets, display, and decoration are some of the roles a tarantula can fulfill in our homes. These amazing animals are popular pets, valued for their beauty and interesting behavior. They’re also very diverse, having more than 5,000 different species to choose from.

Having so many alternatives for a pet may make the acquisition process overwhelming, so we’ve created a list of top tarantulas to make this easier for you.

Arboreal tarantulas have a slim figure and often fast movements that will leave you amazed. They spend their lives in the trees, so decorating their enclosures is usually a lot of fun. If you love arboreal tarantulas and you’re looking to have a great collection of them, check our list of the top ten arboreal tarantulas to see if there are any you’re missing.


Top 10 Arboreal Tarantula Species

1. Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tarantula

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Common NameGooty Sapphire Ornamental Tarantula
Scientific NamePoecilotheria Metallica
TypeOld World, Arboreal
Leg Span8 inches (20cm)
LifespanFemales 12 years / Males 4 years
Experience LevelExpert

At the top of our list lies the Gooty Sapphire Tarantula, a spider so stunning that looking at her seems like a dream. Most of her body is covered with electric blue, with white diamond patterns over its abdomen and legs. She spends plenty of time out in the open, and you can even hold them communally. Therefore, she’s an incredible display spider.

It should be noted though this while beautiful, this species is not recommended for beginners. They can use their fangs to inject potent venom and are also quite defensive.

2. Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula

Common NameAntilles Pintkoe Tarantula
Scientific NameCaribena versicolor
TypeArboreal
Leg Span6 inches (15cm)
LifespanFemales 12 years / Males 2-3 years
Experience LevelBeginner

The Caribena Versicolor gets second place for her interesting and beautiful appearance. She boasts purple, red, and blue tones over her body as an adult. She also displays bright greens in her body during her development stages, so it’s interesting to see the way her appearance keeps evolving after each molt. Combine this with her weak venom and peaceful demeanor, and you’ll get a fantastic pet, even for beginners.

3. Amazon Sapphire Tarantula

Common NameAmazon Sapphire Tarantula
Scientific NameYbyrapora diversipes
TypeNew World, Arboreal, Bird Eater
Leg Span5.5 inches (14cm)
LifespanFemales 12-14 years / Males 3-4 years
Experience LevelIntermediate

The Amazon Sapphire Tarantula gets third place in our top thanks to its beautiful colors. Bright green, pink, red, and blue form beautiful patterns over their carapace.

They’re also related to the Avicularia avicularia, so there’s a chance it turns out to be a communal tarantula.

Sadly, they don’t retain these colors when they turn into adults, but it’s still a delight to see them grow as every molt comes with a renewed appearance.

4. Darth Maul Tarantula

Common NameDarth Maul Tarantula
Scientific NamePsalmopoeus victori
TypeNew World, Arboreal
Leg Span5.5-6 inches (12-15cm)
LifespanFemales 10-12 years / Males 2-3 years
Experience LevelExpert

The Darth Maul Tarantula gets fourth place on our list for having a striking red and black appearance and a cool name. The first arboreal species ever discovered in Mexico has some Old World traits even though she’s a New World species.

She lacks urticating hair but makes up for it with her potent venom. She should only be kept by experienced hobbyists, but she’s a rewarding tarantula if you’re up to the challenge.

5. Singapore Blue Tarantula

Common NameSingapore Blue Tarantula
Scientific NameOmothymus violaceopes
TypeOld World, Arboreal
Leg Span11 inches (28cm)
LifespanFemales 14 years / Males 5 years
Experience LevelExpert

Bluish purple legs, red setae, and white carapace give the Singapore Blue Tarantula a mesmerizing look. These spiders are also huge, reaching up to eleven inches of diagonal leg span.

They’re also aggressive eaters with an excellent feeding response. Even though they may be quick to throw a threat posture, the truth is that they’d rather flee than fight, which means you’re under less of a risk of getting bitten.

6. Fringed Ornamental Tarantula

Common NameFringed Ornamental Tarantula
Scientific NamePoecilotheria ornata
TypeOld World, Arboreal, Bird Eater
Leg Span9.8 inches (25cm)
LifespanFemales 12 years / Males 3 years
Experience LevelExpert

No list of top arboreal tarantulas would be complete without the Poecilotheria ornata. A close cousin to the Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tarantula, the FOT is a stunning tarantula that hobbyists often consider an important milestone.

Her beautiful black and white patterns combined with greenish-yellow make her beautiful. However, her venom is considered one of the strongest in the hobby, and she’s known for being fast and unpredictable; therefore, it’s a challenge that should only be assumed by the most experienced hobbyists.

7. Brazilian Jewel Tarantula

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Common NameBrazilian Jewel Tarantula
Scientific NameTyphochlaena seladonia
TypeNew World, Arboreal, Dwarf Tarantula
Leg Span2-2.4 inches (4-6cm)
LifespanUnknown
Experience LevelIntermediate

We still have a lot to learn about the Brazilian Jewel Tarantula. The Caribbean jewel is a dwarf tarantula with colors so bright and vivid that it seems unnatural.

She has an electric blue frame decorated with pinks, reds, and blacks with a beautiful pattern on her abdomen. She’s also harmless and docile, encouraging some hobbyists to handle them. 

8. Venezuelan Suntiger Tarantula

Common NameVenezuelan Suntiger Tarantula
Scientific NamePsalmopoeus irminia
TypeNew World, Arboreal
Leg Span5.5 inches (14cm)
LifespanFemales 12 years / Males 4 years
Experience LevelExpert

The Psalmopoeus irminia gets to this top thanks to her looks and behavior. She has a dark body with bright orange chevrons over the legs and a tiger-striped pattern on her abdomen. She lacks urticating setae, so you don’t have to worry about her flicking hair at you.

However, what she does have are aggressive behavior and strong venom, so it’s not a good fit for beginners. Nonetheless, she makes a fantastic display tarantula with a great feeding response.

9. Red Slate Pink Toe Tarantula

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Common NameRed Slate Pink Toe Tarantula
Scientific NameAvicularia minatrix
TypeNew World, Arboreal, Dwarf Tarantula
Leg Span3 inches (7cm)
LifespanFemales 10-12 years / Males 2-3 years
Experience LevelBeginner

The second dwarf tarantula that reaches this top is the Red Slate Pink Toe Tarantula. This beautiful spider displays strong orange tones surrounding black patterns that make her beautiful and interesting.

She doesn’t get higher in this top because of her reclusiveness. She’ll spend most of her time out of sight; however, this makes it more special when you get to see her.

10. Feather Leg Baboon Tarantula

Common NameFeather Leg Baboon Tarantula
Scientific NameStromatopelma calceatum
TypeOld World, Arboreal, Bird Eater
Leg Span6 inches (15cm)
LifespanFemales 12-15 years / Males 3-4 years
Experience LevelExpert

We couldn’t finish this list without the Everest in the tarantula hobby, the Stromatopelma calceatum. This tarantula is popular for its fast movements, fantastic light and dark brown patterns, and short temper.

She’s unpredictable, fast, skittish, and strongly venomous, so she’s often considered a challenge even among species meant for expert hobbyists. However, if you consider yourself an expert in the hobby, this is the spider for you!


Final Words

Making a list of the best arboreal tarantulas wasn’t an easy task. There are too many beautiful spiders in this hobby, and narrowing them down to only ten was a long and thoughtful process.

However, we’re happy with the results, and we hope that so are you. We’re sure this list provides you with a selection of must-haves that should be in any collection.

Jesse A.