Greenbottle Blue (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens) is both rewarding to own and aesthetically pleasing. Even as a sling, this spider has a wonderful array of color, with a golden carapace, tiger patterned opisthosoma/abdomen, and pink legs with little black feet/tarsi that appear like miniature black boots. These colors gradually shift as the tarantula grows, and the end result is stunning.
They are not a bashful species, making them an excellent exhibition tarantula. From sling to adult, they are voracious feeders and grow at a rapid rate. The Greenbottle Blue is also a webbing expert, creating incredible webbed hammocks and tunnels that it used to discover prey, making its enclosure a spectacle in and of itself.
Greenbottle Blue tarantula may live in a 20 gallon tank. As a general guideline, the tank should be two to three times wider than the spider’s leg span, and no taller than the spider’s leg spread if it were standing on end. Because tarantulas like to hang upside down at the top of the tank, the enclosure should be escape-proof; this will keep the spider from falling evicted.
Maintaining a constant temperature and humidity level is critical for Greenbottle Blue tarantula care. The recommended temperature for terrariums is 25 to 28 °C during the day while 23 to 25 °C at night, which can be accomplished by placing a heat mat under one portion of the tank. While additional heating is advised for most terrarium habitats, it is equally critical to provide your spider with a non-heated space to cool off when they get too hot.
This species is also a heavy webber, and it will build a network of intricate tunnels and web up the majority of its enclosure over time. As previously stated, these are semi-arboreal, which means they live on both the ground and in trees. Set up the enclosures by filling them halfway with substrate and providing a cork bark hide for a terrestrial.
Long pieces of cork bark, or branches, and some hanging plants can be added to give the Greenbottle Blue some anchor points for its webbing and some things it can easily climb vertically The Greenbottle Blue prefers an arid environment which makes their husbandry very easy. Keep the substrate dry at all time. You may want to sprinkle the web every 2 to 3 days at one side with a little water.
You might want to think about adjusting this data for your specific climate. Do not exceed minima or maxima, and if required, plan the year so that your bird spider can experience different seasons. This is critical from the time you want to begin breeding.
Maintain a humidity level of 60 to 70%, which is normally done through evaporation from a water bowl. However, spraying the tank may be necessary in some dryer households. If you notice your spider lingering over its water bowl but not drinking, your environment is probably too dry. If it’s constantly hiding out in a remote part of the terrarium, your enclosure is obviously too humid.
Food and Water
Adult Greenbottle Blue tarantulas eat live crickets as well as other large insects such as locusts and cockroaches. This means that you must raise and feed insects in addition to your spider. Grasshoppers and other large bugs can be collected from your yard for feeding; however, pesticide-laden plants should not be included in their diet.
A pinky mouse or a small lizard can be fed as a protein supplement on occasion, but the leftovers must be removed from the tank promptly. Remove any uneaten live insects as well, as their persistent movement may cause stress in your pet spider once it is full. Mexican red-knee tarantulas eat once or twice a week and may take a molt break once a year.
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