Taxonomy and History
- Described By: Strand, 1907
- Genus: Chromatopelma
- Scientific Name: Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens
- Common Name: Green Bottle Blue, Orange & blue bottlebrush, Venezuelan bottlebrush
The Greenbottle Blue Tarantula (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens), a native of Venezuela, has some of the most dramatic coloring of any spider species. Adult greenbottles have metallic blue legs, a blue-green carapace and a vibrant orange abdomen.
They are very active, fast-growing and particularly attractive to tarantula hobbyists.
These tarantulas live in webbed burrows under bushes and tree roots in desert areas of northern Venezuela, near Paraguana. The entrance is often extended with webbing, sometimes resembling a tunnel. These webs may protect the entrance from the harsh desert climate, also acting as a trap for insects.
In captivity, this tarantula regularly renews the webbing of its burrow, commonly filling the entire container. It feeds frequently and is a fast-grower. While many are skittish and nervous, some individuals are calm and docile, though running very quickly when disturbed. Some, when disturbed, are very possessive and show threat displays guarding their burrows.