Other common names: Gooty Ornamental; Sapphire Ornamental Tarantula; Gooty Sapphire; Metallic Blue Ornamental Tree Spider
Scientific name: Poecilotheria metallica
The Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tarantula is an arboreal tarantula species which is native to central and southeastern India, and to Sri Lanka. P. metallica was first discovered in a town in central southern India called Gooty.
Appearance / health:
P. metallica has a “fractal” like patter on their abdomens with shades of dark grey and light grey. What makes this tarantula different is that the legs and carapace are a bright metallic blue color. On the underside of the legs, there are bright yellow patches used during threat displays to warn off predators. The Gooty Sapphire reaches up to 6-7 inches.
Behavior / temperament:
Gooty Sapphires should not be handled under any circumstances. They are very aggressive and very fast. These are by no means a beginner species. Their venom, like most of the Ornamental Tree Spiders, is potent and can be medically significant for some people. When cleaning the tank, use objects like tongs, paint brushes or other things to corral this spider into a temporary tank. These are very rare, and not easily found. If you happen to find one, you’ll see they are very pricey as well.
Since P. metallica is a climbing species, a tank with height is preferred over floor space. A 20 gallon high or other vertical enclosures will work fine. Spiderlings and younger tarantulas may be kept in smaller, clear, plastic containers until they are ready for the adult tank.
Habitat temperatures should be between 78-82F, with humidity levels of 75-85%. Gooty Sapphires need high humidity, otherwise will not do well. Choosing the right substrate will help keep the humidity up and should be a mix of vermiculite, peat moss, soil, etc. that is to be kept moist and about 4-5 inches deep. Adding live plants will also help out. Misting the tank may also be needed as well as adding a shallow water dish to keep up the humidity. No extra tank décor is needed if there are plants in the cage, but branches and secured cork bark pieces may be added as well.
Any flying insects such as moths and other insects like crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches and others. Larger specimens can get an occasional pinkie mouse.
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"Poecilotheria metallica , or the Gooty Saphire Oranamental Tree Spider, is one of, if not THE, crown jewel of the tarantula world. If you want, in my opinion, the most beautiful, bad ass, display spider, THIS IS IT. With it's miraculous metallic blue color, this spider stands out from the crowd. While not a spider you'd want to handle, it is a great conversation starter. It's not for beginner's, like it's relative the Indian Ornamental Tarantula, it's bite can cause severe health problems and is completely unpleasant to say the least. But if you are an experienced, responsible owner who wants the Lamborghini of tarantulas, this one is for you.."
From VapinOnCloud9 Mar 24 2015 10:46PM
"My Gooty, similar to what everyone else has said, is my absolute prize T. Though I wouldn't recommend handling them because they're fast little dudes and do have a stronger venom, like most ornamentals, they do tend to be surprisingly docile. As you can see, my dude is hanging out in my hand when he was just a little sling. He's always been good with just hanging out on my hand. As you know, these babies are some of the most beautifully colored species you can find, and you don't have to wait long to see the brilliant blues and yellows they display. (See size of T in image above, and how colorful he already is) As with most Ornamentals, I'd definitely not recommend the Gooty's for beginner T keepers, but if you want to start getting into Ornamentals after keeping beginning species for awhile, this is an excellent species to familiarize yourself with first. A lot of reviewers seem to say they're also shy, but in my experience they hang out in plain site pretty regularly unless exposed to very direct light. Easily one of my favorite Ts in aesthetic, temperament, ease of care, and all around attitude. ."
From arachnamancer Feb 3 2017 9:42PM