Greenbottle Blue tarantulas (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens) are a stunning arachnid species easily recognizable by their bright blue legs, emerald green carapace and pumpkin orange abdomen. Because of their unusual coloring, these spiders are among some of the most popular tarantulas kept as pets. Greenbottle Blue tarantulas are a highly unique species for more reason than just their distinctive coloring. Here are some facts about these stunning spiders for enthusiasts interested in purchasing one as a pet.
Greenbottle Blue tarantulas are native to desert and shrubland areas of Venezuela. They are a semi-arboreal species that enjoy climbing and an anchor (such as a small log) should be placed in their enclosure for them to build their web upon. However, their enclosure should not be too tall, as they will climb it and can easily fall and rupture their abdomen.
As spiderlings, Greenbottle Blue tarantulas are very different in color and appearance. They possess a black carapace and abdomen with orange spots, and white legs with black tips. With each molt, the tarantula’s color will change slightly, until they reach their mature coloration.
Greenbottle Blue tarantulas should be kept in a temperature controlled environment. They require between 70 and 85 degree heat to survive and 65% to 75% humidity. Spiderlings cannot have a water dish in their enclosure, so you should lightly mist their habitat once weekly to maintain humidity levels for the spider. After the spider reaches a juvenile legspan of three inches, a shallow water dish can be places inside of the enclosure.
Greenbottle blue tarantulas will eat anything they can easily overpower, such as crickets, meal worms and even pinky mice for adults. Mice, however, should be a rare treat, as they contain high amounts of calcium which the arachnid’s body is incapable of processing.
As far as temperament goes, this species is semi-aggressive. They are very skittish and frighten easily, causing them to fling urticating hairs when they feel threatened. Greenbottle Blue’s may even bite if provoked. For this reason, they are not recommended as pets for first-time tarantula owners.
Spiderlings should be kept in pill-bottle sized vials and gradually moved into larger enclosures. Adults can be kept in a five or ten gallon aquarium. It is important that you do not keep your Greenbottle Blue in an enclosure that is too large, as it will make it difficult for the spider to find prey.
Greenbottle Blue tarantulas can periodically be bought as spiderlings from private breeders, however, they are a very difficult species to breed. The females are highly aggressive towards males and will often attack and consume them before they have a chance to mate.
Females of this species can reach a mature legspan of up to six inches, while males reach an adult size of about four and a half inches.