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Care Sheet

Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens
(Greenbottle blue) Tarantula
Care in Captivity

by Todd Gearheart


chromatoplema_cyanopubescensThis extremely colorful species is found in Venezuela.

It is one of the most colorful tarantulas in the world. Bright blue legs, metallica green carapace and pumpkin orange abdomen.

Other common names (not official): Orange & blue bottlebrush and Venezuelan bottlebrush.

Described by: Strand (yr. unknown)

Distribution: Along the Paraguara river in Venezuela in Xerophil bush areas and dry forest.

Size: Spiderlings emerge as 1/2" 1st instar. Adult females may reach 6" in leg span and weigh just over 1 ounce. Males reach 4.5". Growth rate: Medium growth rate.

Temperature: Keep 80-90F. They can take drops to 65 F for short periods of time as long as they have a deep burrow. Keep your tarantula's enclosure away from windows and sunlight.

Humidity: 40-60%. Keep substrate mostly dry. Provide
a shallow water dish. Spray spiderling pill bottles once a week lightly. The substrate should NEVER be "swampy" nor should it dry out.

Habitat type/enclosure/substrate needed: This is a short-burrowing species found in dry forest/ bush areas . Keep adults in 5 gallon tanks with 4-6" peat moss/vermiculite mix.

Food: Feed prey that is smaller than the length of the tarantulas body. Spiderlings less than 1" leg span will need to be fed mini-meal worms.

Cleaning: To keep your tarantula's tank clean and keep your animal healthy, get in the routine of feeding your tarantula one day, and then coming behind the next day.

Longevity: Not much is known about the longevity in this species. Males will probably only live to be 2-4 years old, while females will live over 12 years old.

 Handling/Disposition/Venom: These are somewhat fast and skittish tarantulas. Best advice: Don't handle!
Tarantulas are not "pets", but "display animals" much like keeping fish.

Captive breeding: Difficult to breed. Males are very small and act nervous and skittish around the females which are mostly aggressive towards the males. A large tank is required.

Record keeping: Keep good notes such as the stock #, if any , that it was sold as, when born, molt dates, etc.

To find out more about this animal and the Tarantula Keeping hobby, I recommend the following:

Read these books: "Tarantulas and Other Arachnids" by Sam Marshall, "Keeping and Breeding Tarantulas in Captivity" by Ronald Baxter, Andreas
Tinter's "Tarantulas Today" and Stanley and Marguerite Schultz's "The Tarantula Keeper's Guide". Buy copies of WEBBINGS Invertebrate Magazine. (email: tgearhea@peganet.com) or visit www.petbugs.com/webbings Join the Southwest Florida Tarantula Society (SWFTS) contact at: (email: tgearhea@peganet.com, and the British Tarantula Society (BTS) to obtain the bi-monthly newsletter, The Journal. Join the Arachnid Mailing Lists on the internet. Copyright 1999 by Todd Gearheart

Reprinted here with permission


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