How to Care for Emerald Skeleton Tarantula(Ephebopus uatuman)

This tarantula has a “common name,” as the emerald skeleton. The “skeleton” stripes are not apparent. Most of the time, they are usually a khaki to olive color. The green hues are more evident after molting, and on the inside of the legs, they have a purple/blue shade.

The Emerald Skeleton Tarantula initiates from the hot forests in Brazil. The glossy green rumps make them very eye-catching. Mature males have ruddy coloration and are richer in color, which gives them an eye-catching look. Adult tarantulas can have up to 4 inches in size.

This species is not suitable for beginners, as they are a fast species that can be burning on occurrences. For these reasons, experts do not recommend keeping this species as pets.

Emerald skeleton tarantula
Common nameEmerald Skeleton
Scientific nameEphebopus uatuman
ReptileA cold blooded vertebrates
TerrestrialA ground dwelling animal.
ArborealAn animal that lives in trees.
ColubridA family of snakes.
NocturnalAwake during the night.
Emerald skeleton tarantula


A small tarantula has a size 4″ leg span. Males are tiny, similar in stature.


Although Emerald Skeleton tarantulas are skittish, they have defensive nature; that’s why they are challenging to handle.  If they are approached, they will generally go into a threat posture and bite humans.


Brazil is known as a high-temperature region; most areas of Brazil have above 22°C (72°F). Only in the South region and in the highest altitudes does the average fall less than this.

Northern Brazil has a hot wet climate, with plentiful rainfall and minor. In other words, there is no dry season. Average temperatures are 25°C (77°F). The average rainfall in this region is about 2,200 mm in a year. In central Brazil, the quantity of rainfall is more cyclic, characteristic of a savanna atmosphere. Eighty percent of the rain falls from October through March. In the internal Northeast, seasonal rainfall is even more severe.

emerald skeleton tarantula substrate


These tarantulas have defensive behavior. Most spiders will protect themselves by biting if they feel threatened. According to experts, they become obedient over time but are too restless for handling as pets. The breeding of this spider is relatively easy, and egg sacs are created rapidly within 40 days. It is observed that the female may eat the male rapidly after matting.


Some claim northeast into central French Guiana, from near the Uatuman Biological preserve in Brazil to Guyana (Not confirmed).


This species will make its burrow and doesn’t need a hide. It is suggested that provide a two-inch hole for burrowing in the corner of the enclosure.


The best substrate is soil-based. Suppose you want to make soil base substrate using human bricks, peat moss, spider life, or eco earth. It would help if you built a substrate 5 to 6 inches deep as this is a burrowing species. It would be best to place artificial plants for decoration which gives an eye-catching view of the substrate.

The Emerald Skeleton Tarantulas need space to move and molt; that’s why they do not fill the enclosure too much. A location must be provided where the tarantula can hide. There should also be a heat source and a heating pad under the terrarium. There should be food like mealworms, super worms, crickets, and other insects.

 Clean the place as needed and remove the rotten food daily. It is suggested that to deep clean the whole enclosure every four months. They should supply a small dish of clean water all the time.

 In the wild, they have been dug into the earth among the vegetation. They live in caves. They will require about 6 inches of substrate to allocate for the abundance of burrowing for the housing. For the substrate, you can use a mixture of spider life or coco fiber, peat. The surface will need to be solid enough for the tarantula to make tunnels.

Hides are not significant as this species favors burrows, but you can add a plant for a more natural appearance. Keep the substrate of the spider a light mist once a week.


To keep a tarantula as a pet can be an attractive hobby. It is exciting to watch and takes up relatively little space and is easy to maintain. But it is suggested that tarantulas are not the best pets s they have venoms. One more concern is the skin rashes from the hairs on their abdomens.

In case if the hairs enter your eyes, they can cause severe swelling. Moreover, keep away the children and other pets to the reach of Ephebopus autumn.

Emerald skeleton tarantula handling

Food Consumption

You can feed the adult Emerald Skeleton tarantula every two to three days, and spiderlings can be provided daily. Their favorite food is fruit flies, dubia roaches, locusts, cockroaches, and crickets, etc. This tarantula is an excellent and happy eater.

These spiders need moderate humidity. A small shallow dish of water is enough for these tarantulas. It would be best if you also changed the container of water daily. If you want to cover the base of the container, use shallow rock. Shallow rock is used to avoid drowning. To increase the humidity level, use misting near the water dish.

Growth Rate

These species multiply quickly. Their growth rate is high-speed. After the first year, this tarantula grows two inches (2″). With constant and healthy feeding, it reaches a size of four inches (4″) within three years.

Facts about Emerald Skeleton tarantula

This tarantula is a pet chink. This species is infrequent in this world. The Emerald skeleton tarantulas mostly stay at the entrance of their burrow, waiting for prey. This spider shows me a natural behavior of stalking and gets a glance at the tarantula. This species is more for the expert keepers as their conduct is defensive.

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