Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula

Aphonopelma seemanni

Fascinating Facts

Physical Characteristics

Zebra tarantulas can grow to about 10–13 cm including legspan. Females can live up to 20 years. Males however, tend to live a much shorter life of up to five years. Their abdomen is usually a brown to black colour with russet hairs, orange spinnerets and underbelly complete this arachnids ensemble. The legs are dark brown/black with distinct longitudinal cream lines down the legs.


The tarantula inhabits most of western Costa Rica, as well as other parts of Central America, such as Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

In the wild, they will eat insects such as cockroaches. In captivity they will eat crickets.

Social Behavior

Zebra tarantulas are deep-burrowing spiders. They live in open semi-arid grasslands in Costa Rica, and are found in large aggregations. The deep burrows keep the temperature below the highest daytime temperatures, and retain humidity.

Status In The Wild

Costa Rican Zebra tarantulas are common and not endangered.


They can be found at the Insect Zoo.

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