Other common names: Green Bottle Blue Tarantula; GBB; Venezuelan Bottlebrush Tarantula; Venezuelan Greenbottle Blue Tarantula; Orange Bottlebrush Tarantula
Scientific name: Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens
The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula is a colorful New World terrestrial species which is native to desert and scrubland areas of northern Venezuela. GBB's dig burrows under tree roots and bushes and create webs at their burrow entrance, which serve both as protection and also to catch prey.
The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula was first exported from Venezuela for the pet trade in 1993. They are a desirable species because of their handsome coloration, though they are a quick tarantula, and will throw urticating hairs when frightened or agitated.
Appearance / health:
The Greenbottle Blue is an average sized tarantula with females reaching up to 6 inches. Males are smaller and tend to stay around 4 1/2 - 5 inches. The coloration on this tarantula is remarkable, because of this they are commonly sought after in captivity. Their legs are covered in metallic blue hairs, the back is covered in metallic green hairs, and the abdomen is a bright red or orange color.
Behavior / temperament:
Greenbottle Blue Tarantulas have a very skittish nature. If provoked enough, they may flick hairs off the abdomen and even bite. Temperaments range between individual spiders; some are docile and calm while some are skittish and aggressive. This species of tarantula is best as a display specimen rather than a hands on pet, therefore probably not recommended for a beginner.
Adults are fine in 5-10 gallon tanks. Spiderlings and young tarantulas can be kept safe in clear plastic containers. Since they are terrestrial, be more concerned about floor space rather than height.
This species of tarantula likes high temperatures, but low humidity. Temps should be around 80-90F and humidity levels should stay at 40-60%. The susbtrate can be a mixture of peat moss and vermiculite that should be kept damp, but not sopping wet. Tank décor should consist of things that will allow these tarantulas to hide. Half buried plant pots, cork bark, tree bark, and other things can be used. A small, wide, shallow water dish may be used, but cleaned frequently. Owners will find that these spiders like to web most of, to even all of the tank.
Food should be less than the length of the body. Spiderlings can eat pin head crickets and fruit flies. Adults have a more varied diet consisting of crickets, cockroaches, super worms, and for the largest adults, occasional pinkie mice. These tarantulas are fast growers, meaning they will eat often.
Once a male has produced his sperm web, he can be introduced to the female. If the female is accepting they will begin mating. If she’s not willing to mate, the male can be severely injured or even eaten and killed. During the mating process the male will lure out the female from her burrow. The male will lunge towards her and grab her fangs with his front legs and then try to position the female in an upright position. In this upright position the male will then try to inject his fertilizing fluid into the females genital area. If they are successful, the female will produce an egg sac within a couple weeks. Males usually have a shorter life span and will usually die shortly after mating.
large, awesome colours, wonderful display spider, extremely docile animal, eye popping coloration
temperament problems, expensive species, aggressive tarantulas, experienced spider collectors
dryer substrate, prolific webbers, semi aboral spider, heat pads, aggressive striking position
"At first, my dad showed up with the spider when she was the size of a fly, her shining blue color was really impressive, my mom was freaking out, and I was feeling kind of fear and happiness. Like any pet, the curiosity in how to care of such an extraordinary specimen invades you and you start asking questions like: What does she eat? Can we touch her? Is there a spider food ? And to be honest is was quite simple. The natural habitat of this creature is "Los medanos de Coro", a desert zone of the Falcón state in Venezuela. With a fishtank we were able to recreate her habitat and it was quite funny to see how she was feeling very comfortable with her space. The growth of it is quite accelerated, her favorite food was grasshoppers and cockroaches, it never ceases to be interesting and hypnotic to see her weave her web and build her space, not to mention how frightening it was to hear her at night touching the glass of the fishtank and see her moult every few months. Long story short, it is a super interesting invertebrate, you could observe it for hours and never stop learning about its own work, and meditate by manipulating it very gently. ."
From albornozjose Dec 28 2016 8:14PM
"In the hobby we use the acronym GBB to refer to this species. This is one of the prettier tarantulas you'll find, with a hue of bright greens, blues and reds. Slow growing though, and may not get full colouration until almost adult - so if you're buying a spiderling prepare to be patient.<br><br>Very easy to care for and not super aggressive - but not completely docile either, so if you're going to handle, be very careful. I find them to be semi arboreal - mostly spending their time on the ground but they do seem to like to climb and explore the entire space they're given. They're quite a confident spider and can very frequently be seen out in the open.."
From Athravan Jun 16 2015 2:43AM