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Singapore Blue Tarantula

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Scientific name: Lampropelma Violaceopes

The basics:
The Singapore Blue is a large, arboreal tarantula which is native to forests in Malaysia. Formerly known as Cyriopagopus sp. blue, the Singapore Blue is a common pet T, largely because of its beautiful royal blue legs and red hairs. It is a very large species however, with a leg span of around 10 inches (25 cm.), and is known for being quite agressive.

Appearance / health:
Singapore Blue Tarantulas resemble Cobalt Blue Tarantulas. Adult species have a nice overall metallic blue color on the legs. The abdomen is a tan or beige like color with metallic blue stripes. The carapace, or back is also covered in this beige or tan like color. Adults will grow from 7-10 inches.

Behavior / temperament:
This species is fast and very aggressive. It is elusive and will not hesitate to sprint away from danger or even throw up threat postures. If provoked enough this tarantula will resort to biting. Overall it is not a beginner tarantula and should be only kept by advanced keepers. These are very hard to find in captivity, and when they are found, they are very expensive.

Housing:
A tank with more height than floor space should be provided. This could be as simple as taking a regular 10 gallon and turning it to the side. Spiderlings and younger tarantulas may be kept in pill bottles or other clear plastic containers until they are large enough for the adult enclosure.

Temperatures of 75-85F should be provided along with humidity levels of 60-75%. Substrate can be anything from vermiculite, peat moss, potting soil, or a mix of them and should be 3-5 inches deep. Keeping the substrate moist by misting it a couple times a week will help keep up the humidity. A shallow water dish may be provided for humidity purposes as well. Tank d├ęcor should be items that will allow this tarantula to climb. Tightly secured cork bark, branches, fake plants, and other items may be provided.

Diet:
Adults should have a variety of insects such as crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers and other bugs. Super worms and mealworms may also be given. Larger adult specimens may have an occasional pinkie mouse. Spiderlings and younger tarantulas should be offered pin head crickets, fruit flies, or mini mealworms.