The Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula, Aphonopelma seemanni, is native to Central America, specifically Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. These arachnids are dark with zebra-like leg markings owing to their name. They can be found in a variety of habitats, including tropical rainforests, dry forests, and savannas. In the wild, they are often found in burrows or under rocks and other debris. Female Costa Rican Zebra Tarantulas can grow up to 5 inches (12 cm) in leg span, while males are typically slightly smaller. These arachnids can live for up to 20 years or more in captivity, while males typically have a shorter lifespan of around 3-5 years.
Costa Rican zebra tarantulas are skittish, fast-moving T’s that are easily spooked and prone to rapid bouts of movement. Due to their unpredictable nature, Aphonopelma seemanni are not particularly suitable for handling, nor for first-time beginner keepers. Like all tarantulas, these spiders are able to flick urticating hairs, and may do so when stressed. These tarantulas have relatively potent venom but are unlikely to bite unless extremely distressed.
Costa Rican zebra tarantulas are terrestrial tarantulas that require several inches of substrate to allow the tarantula to go about its natural burrowing behaviours. Large rocks, bark, and plants may be added for the animal to tunnel around and under. The Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula prefers warmer temperatures around a range of 75-85°F (24-29°C) during the day, with a slight drop at night. This species thrives in moderately high relative humidity levels of around 60-80% RH, which can be maintained via regular misting of the enclosure, along with adding a water dish which will also keep the animal hydrated. These tarantulas are not recommended for beginners due to their more specific environmental conditions, however, they are not considered difficult to care for either.