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July 14, 2012

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Carlotta, the Pet of the Day
Name: Carlotta
Age: Five years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Sapphire Ornamental Tarantula
Home: Richmond, Virginia, USA
 
   Carlotta lives with me and my boyfriend in Richmond, Virginia and is an awesome addition to our family. The photo below was taken after she had gone through a molt, which is basically the spider equivalent of shedding. She's got to be one of the most beautifully colored animals I've ever seen and is actually very sweet for a tarantula.

   Carlotta is a very independent spider but she is definitely unique in the fact that most tarantulas of her species are very aggressive but she's actually quite docile and doesn't mind being handled. She can be a little curious and definitely loves eating crickets and other bugs. We feed her about three times a week as tarantulas require very little nutrition to survive and she can live up to as long as twenty years in captivity on just a few crickets a week. She is a tree spider and doesn't like being on the ground very much.

   Carlotta is a Poecilotheria metallica which is a species of tarantula from India that lives high in the trees. They get to be about seven to eight inches at adult size so they're a pretty big spider. She's amazing to look at and I love taking her to expos and pet conventions and showing everyone how amazing she is.

Carlotta, the Pet of the Day
Carlotta, the Pet of the Day

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