This tarantula is native from Venezuela, specifically from the Paraguana region. The first thing that you will notice about them is their fascinating and eccentric combination of colors, which is a mix of metallic blue, orange, and some dark green shades.
Many characteristics make this tarantula unique among the others. For starters, they’re the only members of the Chromatopelma genus; its unique coloration makes it very popular among the breeders, and they can grow very fast. However, they don’t have too much longevity compared to other species.
They like to live in dry places and spend most of their lifetime underground; in tunnels, they’ve dug themselves. Despite having multiple ways to defend themselves (including venom and urticating hairs), the Green bottle Blue Tarantula is very docile and a good option for beginner breeders.
Although they are docile, sometimes they can become moody. They don’t like to be handled, so you can expect them to refuse to be picked at first; however, you can quickly turn this situation around after socializing with them for enough time.
Lifespan and Physical Characteristics
You can expect this tarantula to be around for a very long time if you take care of it properly. The females are known to live from 17 to 22 years in captivity. In the wild, they might not make it that far. The males, as usual, have very short longevity; they don’t last more than eight years, and their average lifespan is of 5 years. The Greenbottle Blue can be an excellent pet during the time that you have them; you will be amazed by its color and if you try hard enough, can become great friends with them.
Regarding their physical characteristics, the most noticeable thing about this tarantula is their extravagant coloration. As mentioned above, their coloration has dark green shades around the abdomen, while their carapace is orange. Their legs have a unique metallic-blue coloration, which is one of the most spectacular things about the Green bottle Blue Tarantula. Regarding their size, they are not that big so that they won’t occupy too much space. Their size (leg span) can vary from 4.5 to 6.5 inches, with, of course, the females being a bit bigger than males.
This is one of the best options that a beginner can choose. They are very docile and will only become defensive if they feel in an extreme situation of danger. They live most of their lives underground while in the wild and are very active. Although most of the tarantula species are nocturnal, this is not the case; actually, this tarantula is more active during the daylight hours than in the night, which is when they usually rest. Their venom is not a real danger to humans, but they are capable of throwing urticating hairs. There are some discussions about what type of tarantula is this, whether they are terrestrial or arboreal; but maybe they try to adapt to whatever environment is set up while in captivity. Since they are commonly found in the desert, you should try to mimic that climate conditions.
Handling and Bite
Despite being docile, they are fast-moving and prefer to be left alone during most of the time. However, if you try and socialize with them very often, then you shouldn’t have too many problems while trying to handle them in the future. While handling the Green bottle Blue, you should be very careful as they have a very fragile body. To avoid being hurt by the urticating hairs of your tarantula, it’s better to leave them unbothered if you start noticing hostility in their behavior.
This tarantula is not picky about their food so that you can keep them with a very varied diet. They prefer to eat their prey alive, so dead food isn’t an option with them. Some of the options that you can choose to feed are crickets, mice, cockroaches, beetles and other types of insects.
Care & Housing
Like we have already mentioned, this tarantula is tiny, so they don’t require too much space. As the average size of a female adult is of around 6 inches, so a 12″x8″ terrarium should be enough. A bigger terrarium can come in handy though, and you will have more options for decoration. They don’t require too many things as most of the action will happen underground, and they will likely rearrange the terrarium to their taste during the first weeks.
They live in the desert, so you can imagine the temperatures that they are used to live in. A suitable temperature for them should be of around 80 – 90 °F during the day hours. During the nighttime, you can lower the temperature a bit, from 74° to 77°F. The humidity levels should be kept low, so the terrarium is dry most of the time. You must provide water to your tarantula at least once every two days.
Green Bottle Blue Breeding
Little is known about how the mating is done in the wild. However, after the copulation is done, you can expect an egg sack from which around 100 newborn tarantulas will hatch. The spiderlings are pink, and after some time, you should separate them. Remember that tarantulas often commit cannibalism and while in captivity, you have the power to prevent it. As common in many tarantula species, the male will most likely die after the mating is done. The female doesn’t suppose a real danger to males.
This is an excellent option for a beginner, but also a great addition to an expert’s collection. Even though they aren’t that dangerous, most of the people who have one prefer not to bother them since they have a fragile body; in case an accident happens and the tarantula tries to escape, there are many ways in which they can die while trying to do so. Also, you should be very careful while handling them because of what we previously mentioned.
Not only they have a unique coloration, but they also have a fascinating personality and are very different than most of the tarantula species! First of all, all the action regarding the Greenbottle Blue Tarantula will happen during the day, even though tarantulas are known to be nocturnal animals.
Since they live in the desert, they will require high temperatures and an arid environment, so you need to be sure that you can provide them such things. They’re not very friendly at first, but if you try hard enough, you can easily become friends, and they will let you handle them once in a while. As with every other tarantula species, there are risks, which include a very unpleasant sensation given by the urticating hairs that they can throw when they feel in danger; to avoid that, it’s better to leave them unbothered.
Despite that, they can become excellent pets if you take care of them properly, which is not a hard task. We highly recommend getting a Green bottle Blue Tarantula if you want to start breeding them or want to add some extravagance to your collection.