The Venezuelan Green Bottle Blue Tarantula is a nice attractive species with blue legs, green carapace and orange abdomen. Definitely one for the collection!
This species of Tarantula grows to an adult size of 10-11.5cm (4-4.5 inches). When adult they are very colourful with blue legs, green carapace and orange abdomen. Even spiderlings are colourful with their pink legs, black carapace and black abdomen with red stripes. As they mature into juveniles, their legs turn dark in colour, the abdomen increases in red patterning and the carapace starts turning a reddish colour.
These are semi docile but can be a bit nervous, so caution should always be taken when cleaning or feeding. Many people buy them due to the webbing this species spins all over the floor and sometimes halfway up the enclosure.
They are found northern Venezuela within scrubland and desert areas. They make webs near vegetation on sandy soil. They may spin a lot of web due to the possibly of this being destroyed due to the unstable open habitat.
These are one of the easier species of Tarantula to keep due to their tolerance with dry conditions and they have a semi docile nature.
Provide a temperature of 21-29C (70-85F) with a humidity of 65-75%. Use peat or potting soil, sand can also be added to this. You should aim to have at least 2-3 inches of substrate so they may burrow. Place cork bark, plant pots, drift wood etc. for décor and to allow them a base for their large web!
Feed them on a range of insects like crickets and locusts, try to vary this as much as possible. Use the appropriate sized foods - example; Spiderling feed on hatchling crickets and adult feed on adult crickets and other large insects.
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