This is an absolutely gorgeous spider. As youngsters, they have pink legs, a golden carapace, and a red and black patterning on the abdomen. As adults, they have brilliant blue legs with orangish setae protruding forth, green carapaces, blue chelicerae, and orange opisthosomas with golden urticating bristles.
Chromatopelma Cyaneopubescens or The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula
The underside of the prosoma is black.
They grow fairly quickly, eat a good amount, and make much web.
An interesting feature is the shape of their legs. The metatarsus and tarsus, especially on leg IV, are quite narrow and give this tarantula a spindly, “spidery” appearance not common with most genera.
The males retain the same vibrant coloration as the females upon maturity.
Range: The quickly drained, wind-swept and sun-scorched scrub ofNorthern Venezuela, near Paraguana.
Habitat: Dry scrubland. They build webs at the base and among the low-lying leaves of scrub flora.
Size: Medium-sized tarantulas that get about 5″-6″ in legspan.
Attitude: Fairly skittish. Most are pretty handy with the urticating bristles, but I’ve only seen one individual that was prone to biting.
Dwelling: They live in tunnels and hammocks constructed with their own profuse webbing near the base of scrub plants and the roots of desert trees.
Ideal Setup: A 3-5 gallon container with a 2-3″ deep layer of peat/potting soil. Note: Though they are from Venezuela, they are inhabitants of scrub regions with rapid drainage and evaporation. It does rain there, but humidity is quickly lost. Supply a water dish (they WILL use it) and just keep the container at about 30-50% humidity (normal household humidity). Keep the temperature around 75-85 degrees F if possible. None of mine make use of a shelter, but construct their own homes with webbing.
Food: Any bugs that haven’t been exposed to pesticides (3-5 crickets a week for adults). They are voracious as spiderlings and adults.