Chilobrachys fimbriatus
-Indian Violet

Common Names: Indian Violet | Violet Earth Tiger

Adult Size: 12 to 14cm

Type: Old World, Fossorial (Burrowing)

Growth Rate: Fast

Temperament: Not for beginners. Bold and defensive.

Lifespan: Females (20-25 years) | Males (2-4 years)

Recommended Climate: Goa, India. 22-25°C (Night) 26-28°C (Day)

Recommended Humidity: 60-80%

Basic Enclosure Requirements: Fossorial setup with at least 4 x the size of the spider in horizontal space, 15cm to 20cm (or more) of substrate to allow for burrowing with the customary shelter and a water dish.

Photo Credit: Chase Campbell, CEC Arachnoboards


Scientific Name: Chilobrachys fimbriatus

Common Names: Indian Violet | Violet Earth Tiger

Not for beginners. Chilobrachys is another fast growing, super-fast moving old world tarantula species. The Indian Violet tarantula however, is said to be the most beautiful of the species, it’s legs have dark femurs that almost hint of purple but change to a rich light brown from the femur downward. It has a rich cream or bone colored carapace similar to Ephebopus murinus and Cyriopagopus sp. Hati Hati and an abdomen which is very unique. The copper toned abdomen is a rich metallic mix of light brown, brick red and violet hues along with fine-lined “tiger” striping from front to back, truly beautiful.

Beautiful as they may be, being and old world species and on top of that in the Chilobrachys family, they are well known to be bold and defensive so extra care should be taken when working with this species, as with all old world species.

They are voracious eaters and attack prey with plenty of vigor, making them entertaining to keep and watch, but again, feeding time is when keepers are most at risk because these guys will attack prey so quickly, they won’t be able to tell if they attacked a prey item… or your finger while cleaning out a water bowl. Being that they are fossorial and will spend a lot of time in their burrows, the hobbyist can elect to feed very sparingly, causing the tarantula to exit it’s burrow in search of prey so it can be enjoyed out it the open from time to time.

Being old world and part of the Chilobrachys family, is must be assumed that it’s venom will be reasonably strong and cause intense pain and discomfort for the unlucky hobbyist.


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