The Singapore blue tarantula (Lampropelma violaceapes) is one of the most beautiful arboreal (lives in trees) species of tarantulas; it is also one of the largest arboreal species of tarantulas. L. Violaceapes lives in the lowland forests of the Asian countries of Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Since the Singapore blue is considered an old world tarantula, you can expect that this species is very defensive and can have quite an aggressive temperament. Along with their aggressive temperament, they are venomous, so this species is not for the faint of heart and should be left to more experienced handlers.
Singapore Blue Size & Lifespan
When the Singapore blue tarantula is still juvenile, they will have a purple-blue coloration. When they start to reach adulthood the adults being showing sexual dimorphic traits (differing traits based on gender) the females stay a brilliant purple-blue while they males become much more dull olive green-brown coloration.
This species of tarantula is a somewhat fast growing species with the males growing between 4 to 6 inches in size while the females grow much larger to at least 8 inches up to 9 ½ inches.
Singapore Blue Tarantula Facts & Characteristics
Lampropelma violaceapes is one of the largest tree-living species of tarantulas. Like most tree living species, they are very fast and known to jump. The Singapore blue can be quite a defense and aggressive species as well as quite venomous so should be left as a viewing tarantula. Unlike some of the other tree living species of tarantulas, the Singapore blue likes to live at the bottom of the enclosure burrowing as slings creating an almost silk house underground dwelling to hide from predators.
When the Singapore blue reaches adulthood, they will live above ground higher in the leaves of their enclosure. Lampropelma violaceapes are also known to play dead and can be seen when trying to rehouse the species.
As discussed earlier, being sexually dimorphic the males and females differ in size and color but the males also tend to molt more frequently than the females.
Handling & Bite
Since the Singapore blue tarantula is so fast, jumps, aggressiveness, and venom it is generally not advised to handle this tarantula species. The greatest enjoyment will be from viewing behind its enclosure. The venomous bite is quite significant and can make you very sick. People that have been bite can experience nausea, a high fever, swelling, intense muscle pain, and leg cramps. The symptoms will go away after a few days, and it is generally not life threatening unless you are allergic to tarantula venom.
Singapore Blue Feeding
Lampropelma violaceapes are very strong eaters and will eat a fair amount of food. When the spider is a young spider, they can generally eat one to two baby crickets weekly. Once adulthood is reached, they can eat one to two dubia roaches along with up to five adult crickets on a weekly basis. It is almost important that the food is gut filled before feeding to your tarantula to ensure they are getting all the vitamins and minerals they require.
The Singapore blue will mainly hunt for food in the night time so don’t be worried if the tarantula is not feeding during the day.
Singapore Blue Tarantula Care
It is important that the Singapore blue tarantula has a very moist environment along with warm temperatures all year long. If the moisture levels are not high enough it is common for the tarantula to have a bad molt causing them to pass away. It is also very important that your enclosure has a substrate that they can climb as well as dirt to burrow. If there is no substrate for the young spiderlings to burrow they will become stressed out and die. Similarly, once they reach adulthood, they will need a substrate that they can climb.
Tank / Habitat
For a habitat setup, the Singapore blue will need a semi tree dwelling setup. As already discussed they will burrow so they will need an excellent moist substrate to burrow. Eco-earth with a mixture of peat moss for a soil substrate works well as long as cork bark for when they reach adulthood. It is important that the soil is always moist. The soil should have a consistency that when held it will keep its shape and not crumble when pressed but moisture will not spill out.
The humidity levels should be kept at a constant 60-70% with a fresh water dish with water accessible at all times. If the moisture levels drop, these tarantulas will dry out and die from a bad molt potentially.
As far as temperature, during the winter months, a temperature of 72-75°F is recommended with the summer months heaving temperatures reaching 75-82°F range.
Singapore Blue Breeding
When first introducing the male to the female it is recommended to view their behavior. These species are known for eating, so you don’t want to run the risk of that happening before successful mating. After a while, if they do not attack each other, it should be safe to leave them together to continue mating rituals.
When breeding the male will go wild with a drumming walking behavior trying to entice the female. After a while, they should have a successful pairing, and it is not uncommon for the female to eat the male. The female abdomen will look quite large afterwards, and the male will have disappeared from the habitat. This is a good indication that the breeding was successful.
After breeding, it is a good idea to move the female to a boreal breeding tank to lay an egg sac. The female will start to start digging up the dirt in the enclosure to lay the eggs. It is a good idea once they sac has been laid that the egg sac is removed and placed separately from the female in an incubator.
It is important to take precautions when rehousing the Singapore blue as it is a very fast, jumping tarantula. Rehousing should be done in an open area with little to no hiding spots or means of escaping. Since this spider is venomous make sure there is no other pets or children around and never use your fingers to try to move the spider. The younger spiders will burrow with a silk webbing around the substrate, so it takes extra precautions to coax them out then other burrowing species.