South American Tarantula Species
Greenbottle Blue Tarantula (Chromatopelma cyaneopubes) Jon Fouskaris
The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula is one of the most beautiful tarantula species in the world. With metallic blue legs, a blue-green carapace, and a vibrantly orange abdomen, few other species can compete in the category of coloration. The genus name Chromatopelma actually derives from the Greek word "chroma", meaning "color". It is still a mystery why this species possesses such remarkable coloration, although bright markings do act as a warning for would-be predators in other venues of the animal kingdom. The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula is a resilient and easy-to-keep species in captivity. They can tolerate a wider temperature range and lower humidity levels than most South American species. There is still some confusion amongst tarantula keepers though as to whether this species should be kept in an arboreal or terrestrial set-up; with some hobbyists even calling them "semi-arboreal" due to the extensive webbing that they apply both vertically and horizontally. The range of the Greenbottle Blue Tarantula is believed to be limited to dry areas in northern Venezuela. In the spring of 2002, arachnologist Rick C. West traveled to Venezuela's Paraguan? Peninsula in search of these puzzling creatures. He found large webs of this species constructed near vegetation on sandy soil. Therefore, the reason Greenbottle Blue Tarantulas create such broad webs may be to secure a grip on their unstable and open habitat of shrubs and sand dunes. Needless to say; they are not arboreal. The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula is an intriguing, stunning, and wonderful species for any invertebrate enthusiast!
Photo Description: ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by Darwin Sinram - Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.
Desert and scrubland habitat of northern Venezuela.
Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects.
Full Grown Size:
4 to 4.5 inches.
70 to 85? F.
Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 5 to 10-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.
Semi-docile and nervous.
65 to 75%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" legspan may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.
2 to 3 inches of peat moss, or potting soil. Sand may be mixed into the substrate.
Logs, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places and provide a base for the web.
Venezuelan Greenbottle Blue Tarantula, and Orange Bottlebrush Tarantula.