Phlogius (Selenocosmia) crassipes

(Australian Barking/Whistling Spider) 

Old World Fossorii Tarantula

Advanced keepers



  • As a sling, it is a chocolate brown color, although as an adult it will be mature into

  • a smoky dark brown/black coloration.

  • They move very fast.

  • They make a load whistling/hissing sound by using its body hair when agitated.


  • Ideal temperature between 22-25°C and humidity at 80%.

  • Deep damp substrate.


  • This is an obligate burrower, therefore a spiderling needs 7cm of substrate and an adult needs 20cm of substrate to burrow.


  • This species doesn't need a hide, it will make its own burrow. 

Food Consumption: 

  • Feed slings twice a week

  • Feed adults once a week.

  • Food size should be the size of the carapace.

  • This species is a good eater. 

Water Requirements: 

  • Keep a water dish in the tank.

  • Keep the substrate in the terrarium damp.

Growth Rate: 

  • The growth rate of this species is fast. 

  • 20cm to 22cm leg span.  


  • Because of their defensive nature, they aren't the best species to handle.

  • If approached they will usually go into a threat posture. 


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