Scientific name: Lampropelma Violaceopes
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.
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 décor should be items that will allow this tarantula to climb. Tightly secured cork bark, branches, fake plants, and other items may be provided.
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.
intricate tunnels, plain view, greenish color, awesome webbers, active eater, plain sight, super hearty
Temperament, handling spider, shy spiders, aggressive
numerous hiding places, tunnels
"although iv only owned this species for half a year or so, i really enjoy this spider. they are not extremely handlable due to them being SO fast! this is arboreal tarantula that spends most of its time in plain view, stretched out on a piece of bark. there colors are simply amazing and i can't wait until mine grow to adult size...i will upload adult pics as soon as they grow =)<br>."
From Spiderdan Feb 13 2010 9:37AM
"To this day I still don't understand why its called the blue T rather than the purple T, as its sheen is definitely a deep purple and is pretty prominent. Anyway, They are pretty average speed growers and excellent eaters, and don't hide all that much so you can see their violet color displayed pretty normally and they make for a good show T. They are pretty active and happier with lots of plants, logs, etc. in their enclosure as they move around a lot and utilize the decor. Though they are easy to keep alive, their speed as well as their high energy and activity level as well as their habit of trying to escape makes me say that this species is definitely for an advanced keeper. ."
From arachnamancer Mar 1 2017 8:14PM