One of the most beautiful and exotic species on earth is the Green Bottle Blue Tarantula. It has metallic blue legs, an orange midsection, and a blue-green carapace making it strikingly and stunningly gorgeous. Scarcely any other species can compete with the beautiful Green Bottle Blue Tarantula in terms of shading!
In this guide, we will discuss everything you need to know about keeping the Green Bottle Blue Tarantula as a pet: what it feeds on, temperature, habitat, etc.
Fast Facts about the Green Bottle Blue Tarantula
- The Green Bottle Blue Tarantula is known for its striking blue-green metallic color
- Its scientific name is Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens.
- The species was first discovered by Erik Strand in 1907.
- It is mainly found in Venezuela’s Paraguana Peninsula.
- Green Bottle Blue Tarantula is a semi-arboreal New World tarantula. (Old World Tarantulas come from the Eastern Hemisphere while New World tarantulas come from the Western Hemisphere).
- Like all spiders, it belongs to the class arachnid and phylum arthropod.
- Despite being venomous, the Green Bottle Blue Tarantula rarely bites humans, and when it does, it is usually in self-defense.
As stated earlier, the Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens is one of the most striking tarantula species. It has a dynamic orange mid-section, and metallic blue legs. It also has a blue-green carapace.
A baby Green Bottle Blue Tarantula is quite large with a diagonal leg span of 1.5 inches or about 3.8 cm.
An adult Green Bottle Blue Tarantula size is about 4.5 to 6 inches (10-11.5 cm) in length and a span width of less than 16 cm.
Natural Green Bottle Blue Tarantula Enclosure
The Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens likes to make webbed burrows in hot deserts and prefers a warm habitat as it hails from the deserts of Venezuela. At the same time, it needs shade and shadows so you might find it under roots, bushes, and trees. Take care not to overheat its terrarium and provide plenty of hiding places.
Feel free to read our article on our recommendations for tarantula enclosures here.
You might not easily find the handsome Baby Green Bottle Blue Tarantula in pet shops and may have to search online for special dealers. Most sell the Green Bottle Blue Tarantula along with shipping fees and starting kit between $65 and $300.
What They Eat
Like all tarantulas, the Green Bottle Blue Tarantula feeding includes crickets, locusts, mealworms, roaches, smaller spiders, and small lizards. Their favourite foods are crickets, grasshoppers, and beetles. They can go without food for several days and during molting, they completely stop eating. In normal circumstances, you can feed them 1-2 times a week.
Their requirement for little to no food makes them easy to take care of. Their food is also cheap! Remember: like all tarantulas, the Green Bottle Blue Tarantula would like to kill its insects. So you could purchase or trap live insects and place them in the terrarium. This activity can keep your Green Bottle Blue Tarantula juvenile quite happy!
Female Green Bottle Blue Tarantulas live up to 12 to 14 years while males live between 8 to 10 years.
Provide your pet with a safe and clean glass tank measuring about 45 x 45 x 45 cm minimum. Don’t put too much stuff inside the tank but do provide some hiding places for your pet. Woodchips at the bottom are a good idea as they will give your Green Bottle Blue Tarantula space to burrow.
Keep a small container of water for your GBT to drink and prevent it from drying out. Place the terrarium/tank in a room where the ambient temperature is about 75 and 85 F. The container of water mentioned earlier will also provide moisture and humidity inside the tank. This is important for your GBT to stay healthy and live a long life.
Ideal humidity in the tank needs to be between 60 to 70% which you should measure with a hygrometer. You need not use special lighting but if you keep plants in the tank, you could use LEDs for their optimal growth.
Training and Handling
The Green Bottle Blue Tarantula is a docile but a moody pet. It is shy and does not like too much handling. This is a very delicate creature and if you drop it accidentally, it could break or fracture its exoskeleton and die.
Moreover, Green Bottle Blue Tarantula bite with its urticating hair can cause itching, pain, and swelling. If its hairs accidentally go in your eyes, they could even blind you. So always wash your hands if you touch your Green Bottle Blue Tarantula.
As stated earlier, the Green Bottle Blue Tarantula is a semi-arboreal, New World Tarantula. New world Tarantulas are generally less aggressive and they tend to hide or run or use their urticating hair before biting humans.
This makes them an ideal pet to keep for beginners. Also, the Green Bottle Blue Tarantula venom is not dangerous and will typically cause only mild symptoms like pain, swelling, tingling, etc.
Like most tarantula species, the Green Bottle Blue Tarantula is not easy to breed because the female tends to eat the male. Always observe the two together and if the female appears to threaten the male, remove it and try again later.
Make sure there is plenty of room in the terrarium for both so that the male can easily run away if needed. It is also a good idea to feed the female plenty of crickets before breeding. This way, she’d be too full to harm the male.
Another obstacle in mating is the fact that some females end up eating the egg sacs too. Also, you need to be patient. In some cases, you might have to cohabit the male and female for several weeks, months even, to get successful breeding and a viable egg sac.
A good time to start breeding is when the female is at least 2 to 3 years old. Spring is especially a good time to breed thanks to the increased moisture – which when combined with increased female-feeding – can result in success.
Like all spiders, the Green Bottle Blue Tarantula shows some pre-molting signs as below:
- Refusing food
- Larger abdomen
During the molting phase, you need to do the following:
- Increase the humidity levels. You can do so by keeping a water dish and refilling it daily.
- Never keep any insects – especially crickets – at this stage. Your tarantula is very vulnerable and even a cricket could kill it.
- Try to keep disturbance to a minimum – leave your Green Bottle Blue Tarantula alone at this time.
- Wait at least for one week before feeding your pet. This will allow its fangs to harden to the right stage.
- Make sure the temperature in the green bottle blue tarantula enclosure is between 78 and 82 F. If you need to heat the tank, use a ceramic bulb, heating pads, or mats.
- Clean the tank every 6 months. However, you must avoid removing the substrate because your Green Bottle Blue Tarantula has spent a lot of time making a home it is comfortable in. In fact, experts recommend not to change the substrate for years. Only remove dead insects and bolus.
- During molting, your tarantula will lay quite still and appear dead. Do not touch it.
- If you have a small spiderling, do not keep a very deep dish of water – your pet could drown! Instead provide water in a small bottle cap. This is adequate.
1. Are Green Bottle Blue tarantulas aggressive?
Unlike many other tarantula species like the Cobalt Blue tarantula, the Green Bottle blue tarantula is not overly aggressive. However, it is easily scared and also very shy. That is why it might make sudden movements when it is afraid and could even throw urticating hairs which can cause pain and swelling.
2. Are Green Bottle Blue tarantula good pets for beginners?
Yes. Green bottles are recommended as pets to people new to tarantulas. They are docile and also one of the New World Tarantula species. This means that they won’t attack unnecessarily and are usually very docile.
3. How big does a Green Bottle Blue tarantula get? How fast do they grow?
Male Green bottle blue tarantulas have a leg span of about 11.43 cm or 4 ½ inches while females have a leg span of about 15.24 cm or 6 inches.
When the conditions are right – ambient temperature of about 80 F, proper nutrition, and humidity, your pet can grow up to 4 inches within 2-3 years.
4. Are Green Bottle Blue tarantula venomous?
Are Green bottle blue tarantula poisonous? They are, but their venom is not deadly to humans and they rarely bite them. However, like a bee’s sting, green bottle blue tarantula bite can cause agonizing symptoms like pain, swelling, and inflammation. Also, some people that are allergic to the venom could risk going into an anaphylactic shock.
5. How often should I feed my pet?
Green Bottle Blue Tarantula feeding should ideally be done once or twice a week – feed your pet a meal of crickets, locusts, mealworms, etc.
The Green Bottle Blue Tarantula is a great beginner’s tarantula to keep as a house pet. They do not need too much handling and Green Bottle Blue Tarantula care is also quite simple.
As long as you provide them with a safe habitat, nourishing meals 1-2 times a week, and maintain optimum temperature and humidity, your pet will thrive for several years.
We hope this guide helps you keep your Green Bottle Blue Tarantula safe and happy.