Greenbottle blue tarantulas have possibly the most brilliant colours of any tarantula species. They have an orange abdomen, green carapace and blue legs. As a desirable -- and not especially easy to breed species -- the adults often fetch sizeable prices. Many tarantula hobbyists prefer to buy babies; called spiderlings. Whether you are raising a new spiderling or your mature tarantulas bred, you need to provide a specific habitat. The needs of greenbottle blue spiderlings are slightly different than those of their parents.
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Things you need
- 227gr deli cups
- 454gr deli cups
- 5-gallon tanks
- Artist's paintbrush or cosmetic brush
- Chemical-free potting compost
- Plant mister
- Live food
Punch numerous small holes in the lids of 227gr deli cups. Each spiderling needs a cup to itself.
Add a couple of inches of slightly damp chemical-free potting compost to each cup. You can mix the compost with sand or vermiculite, if desired.
Transfer each spiderling to a cup using another cup and an artist's paintbrush, if necessary, to gently nudge the spiderling into its new home. Don't handle the spiderlings with your bare hands: It could damage them and give you a rash.
Place the cups in a warm place, but not too close to heaters or in direct sunlight. Monitor temperature and humidity levels with a thermometer and hygrometer. As spiderlings, and as adults, this species needs a temperature of approximately 26.7 degrees Celsius and humidity of about 60 to 70 per cent.
Mist the cups once a week. Try to avoid spraying the spiderlings directly.
Feed the spiderlings on small insects such as pinhead crickets or very small mealworms. Feed the spiderlings a couple of insects at a time 2 or 3 times a week. Never feed spiderlings during, or for several days after the moult.
Remove insect remains a day after feeding.
Transfer the spiderlings to bigger deli cups, and finally to 5-gallon tanks, as they grow. Feed them gradually larger insects.
Tips and warnings
- Adult tarantulas need a shallow water dish and a drier environment. Also, reduce the frequency of meals to once a week.
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