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Aphonopelma chalcodes

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Aphonopelma chalcodes
Photo: Insectarium de Montréal, René Limoges
Aphonopelma chalcodes.
  • Aphonopelma chalcodes.
  • Aphonopelma chalcodes

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The females are generally a uniform tan colour. The males have black legs, a copper-coloured cephalothorax and a reddish abdomen.

In the males, the body is from 5 to 6 cm across. The females are larger, and may reach 5 to 7 cm in diameter, with a legspan of 10 cm.

Country of origin

United States
Scientific name
Aphonopelma chalcodes
English name
Desert blond tarantula
Living environment


They come out of their burrows at sunset to hunt, mainly for insects and lizards.


These tarantulas are desert dwellers. They make their burrows under stones or in abandoned rodent dens.

Geographic distribution

A. chalcodes live in the deserts in the southwestern United States, mainly in Arizona, New Mexico and southern California.

Ecological role

As predators, these spiders control certain insect populations.

Special behaviour

These are solitary spiders, active at night but remaining in their burrows during the day, where they are safe from birds, snakes and other predators.

Interesting facts


The species is fairly abundant in its range.

Interesting facts and curiosities

They can easily tolerate desert drought and heat.

Longevity varies greatly with sex in this species. Both males and females take about ten years to reach sexual maturity. In general, males die a few months after mating. Females, on the other hand, can live for about 20 years.

At the Insectarium

In captivity they are fed crickets.

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