Cobalt Blue Tarantula

9 Remarkably Intriguing Facts About the Cobalt Blue Tarantula

If you are one of those rare individuals who are fond of arachnids, you might be interested in reading about the cobalt blue tarantula which is quite a hit among the weird pet owners' circuit.
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Hmmm..a spider as a pet. Well, a spider as a pet?...What? A spider as a pet??!! I am absolutely aware that I sounded like an arachnophobic when I uttered the phrase "a spider as a pet" in the previous fashion, shifting from uneasy indifference to expressing incredulity and finally graduating to unadulterated alarm. Well, to put the record straight, I AM NOT FREAKED CRAZY OF SPIDERS! I mean, I don't flip when I see one. However, it's also true that I am not overtly fond of these eight legged creatures - I would be the last person on Earth to voluntarily let a spider climb and walk along my arm, or maybe give it a peck, if I come across one. I tread a thin line that separates dread from disgust. Well, that's enough about my sentiments towards spiders. Now, with due apology to all of you out there who adore these eight-legged predators, let's commence with our discussion of the cobalt blue tarantula spider.

Cobalt Blue Tarantula Facts

The name of this tarantula is derived from its iridescent limbs which exude a cobalt blue hue. This spider is native to the Oriental countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar. This species belongs to the old world tarantula genus Haploid and the scientific name of this particular cobalt blue colored species is Haploid livid um. Following are some pretty interesting tarantula facts about this gorgeous arachnid (I am, myself, surprised that I am using the word gorgeous for this spider but if you take a look at it, you'll find that it does look kinda attractive despite those creepy-crawlies eight hairy legs!).
  • Looks can be deceptive. Don't judge it by the serene blue coloring as the cobalt blue tarantula is one of the most aggressive and fast tarantula species. You see, some things are better admired from a distance.
  • Cobalt blue colored tarantulas mostly like to burrow, though they have been known to be able to spin gigantic webs.
  • Due to their natural habitats being the tropical southeast Asian rainforests of countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, they prefer warm, humid climates.
  • Cobalt blue tarantulas, like most arachnids, are carnivorous and their diet comprises various large and small insects. However, these tarantulas that have been kept as pets or in captivity have been known to be partial towards crickets.
  • A full-grown cobalt tarantula can reach a size of four to five inches with an average leg span of about five inches.
  • When kept in captivity, the ideal temperature that must be maintained must range between 80°F-90°F.
  • Sexual dimorphism exists between male and female tarantulas with males being smaller and less attractive than the females.
  • Besides being aggressive and fast, cobalt blue tarantulas are known to have a high-strung temperament and have a tendency to get nervous at trifles. This may lead to unexpected spider bites at inopportune moments if proper care is not take.
  • The venom of the cobalt colored tarantula is moderately toxic and its bite can lead to skin irritation at the site of bite and can also make the victim feel sick for quite sometime.
As you must have discerned from the above points, no matter how attractive these spideys look, caring for a cobalt hued tarantula is no child's play. Besides making sure of the proper captivity environment (ideally a deep tank with peat moss or potting soil bedding and about 7 to 10 inches substrate to allow burrowing) and maintaining the right temperature and humidity level, the owner must be very careful when handling these aggressive, agile and nervous pets as any sudden movements or vibrations may end up in an unsavory bite. While in captivity, cobalt colored tarantulas are usually fed once a week with one or two insects. Read more on tarantulas as pets to get details on how to keep one in captivity. Cobalt blue colored tarantulas are not meant for the inexperienced and caution is the only rule of the game when you're dealing with this blue beauty.