Care Guide About Skeleton Tarantula

The scientific name of the skeleton tarantula is Ephebopus murinus. This tarantula is known as Halloween extraordinary and smaller in size but has colossal aggression and lousy temperament. They are included in the new world tarantulas and possess all the characteristics of these spiders. These spiders use a strange defense mechanism to overcome the danger.

They flicked irritating hairs from the front legs and didn’t use back legs to flick off irritating hairs from its stomach. They belong to the Goliath Bird Eater Theraphosa blondi, which has the size of a dinner plate.

Skeleton Tarantula

This frightening beauty can be resident in the Brazil region. This creature has a stunning back with black velvet and brown carapace with creamy white marking on its legs. This spider has an abdomen and legs which are covered in intermittent auburn colored hairs.

According to its macabre name, this species is defensive and bad-tempered. So it is not suitable for beginners to keep these tarantulas as pets. They will not take much time in throwing up the threat posture of kicking off irritating hairs on its owner. Sometimes this process ends with a nasty bite.

Adult SizeUp to 15cm
Growth RateModerate
SuitabilityExperienced Keeper

Physical Appearance of Skeleton Tarantula

This tarantula is average-sized. The growth of these species reaches the size of 5-6cm. This beautiful spider has a black velvet and brown carapace on its abdomen with black coffee-colored legs. They have some marks on legs, similar markings seen on an Aphonopelma Seeman (Zebra Tarantula), and the same coffee coloration as the covering.

These tarantulas are the species of the new world. That’s why they have urticating hairs, but unlike some other species, the hairs are located on the tarantula’s pedipalps. They don’t have urticating hairs on abdomens.

The Personality of Ephebopus Murinus

These tarantulas are not very friendly. They are not considered as good pets and can be appreciated from a distance. This species is aggressive and lightning-fast. They will remain calm and happy if you fulfill their requirements of feeding and habitat. These skeleton spiders are not suitable for beginners.


Skeleton tarantulas invent from the moist forests regions of Northern Brazil. These regions also include Guyana and Surinam.They are found in caves of 6-8inches beneath the earth. These tarantulas make many webs, and their burrows are often noticeable due to the webbing around the doorway. These species are found in Nothern Brazil, that’s why they are used to having usual rainfall and humidity. 72F-77F is an ideal temperature, and it doesn’t increase 80F.


Like all other tarantulas, the male lives a short four years, though the female can live around 15 years if cared for properly.

Ephebopus murinus

Skeleton Tarantulas Care Sheet

Housing for Skeleton Tarantula

This species will try to run away from the heat by burrowing underground to its breezy and dark deepness. When you want to build an enclosure for your tarantula, keep it moist and cool. Set-ups for your Skeleton tarantula might range from deep plastic containers to a decent-sized glass cage, depending on the scenario you wish to create. Sedge peat, coco fiber, or other soil-based substrates are the best substrates to utilize. Skeletons prefer this substrate because it allows them to burrow readily without the burrows collapsing in on them, and it is the most natural.

Place a small water bowl on one side of the enclosure. To maintain the humidity level, deliberately overfill the water bowl to run through the substrate and wet the substrate. Skeletons like to be kept humid but not moist, so it is best to do this a few times a week.

Ephebopus murinus are beautiful tarantulas, so they also like the decoration in the enclosure. For decorating the enclosure, use fake and natural plants, cork bark, and decor packs accessories. But before placing these plants in a substrate, makes sure these plants don’t affect your tarantula.

Temperature and Humidity

The temperature level of this species can be slightly complicated. Experts have suggested a heat incline is best for a tarantula to choose the area that feels most calm and comfortable. There is no need for high temperatures, so we should use a small low-wattage heat mat for the side of the enclosure. A thermostat is necessary to avoid the enclosure overheating.

Ephebopus murinus needs the high end 26 degrees and the lower end 21 degrees temperature in the enclosure. A humidity range of 80 degrees is required to maintain moisture. The spray of mist on the top layer of the substrate is enough; otherwise, this can increase parasites and fungus to grow in the substrate.

Feeding and water

Skeletons are not picky eaters and can eat a mixture of crickets, locusts, mealworms, roaches, and many other insects. It would be best if you usually fed your tarantulas once a week. A shallow water dish is required for tropical species. Put some stones in the bowl to save from drowning in it. Do not overfeed your tarantula, and it may cause health problems, including issues during the molting process.

Skeleton Tarantula Care Sheet


For mating process, you introduce the Ephebopus murinus male to the female more than once. Sometimes you should leave the male in her enclosure for up to a fortnight to prepare him for mating. Experts say that this can lead to cannibalism, but it has worked in the past. It is suggested that a hideaway should be provided in the enclosure for the male exclusively.

The female can create an egg sac within four months. One egg sac has around 50-100 spiderlings. These spiderlings can live rather happily together. This happiness is for a few months as long as they are satisfactorily fed.

Molting of Skeleton Tarantula

In the molting process, a tarantula spins a web mat on the floor then puts it down on it. Sometimes they look like dead bodies. When the skeleton tarantulas are in mating position, please don’t disturb them. They are incredibly defenseless in this state of life. These tarantulas don’t need food and mist when they start shedding. The legs of these spiders curled back in the center of the body. They need two days for the new exoskeleton to harden up and shed the old one. After that, the shed is useless, and you can remove it.

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