Poecilotheria metallica
-Sapphire Ornamental

Common Name: Gooty Sapphire Ornamental

Adult Size: 14 to 15cm

Type: Old World, Arboreal. Not for beginners

Growth Rate: Fast

Temperament: Defensive & Flighty. The most docile of all Poecilotheria

Lifespan: Females (12 to 15 years) | Males (3 to 4 years)

Recommended Climate: Nallamala Forest, India. 24-28°C (day), 20-24°C (night)

Recommended Humidity: 70-80%

Basic Enclosure Requirements: Arboreal setup with at least 4 x the size of the spider in vertical space, 5cm to 10cm of substrate, a vertical shelter like hollow cork bark or bamboo and a customary water dish.

Photo Credit: https://www.spidersworld.eu | Danny de Bruyne

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Scientific Name: Poecilotheria Metallica

Common Names: Gooty Sapphire Ornamental | Gooty Sapphire | Sapphire Ornamental

Not for beginners. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful tarantulas in the world, the Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tarantula is still one of the most sought-after species for almost every tarantula hobbyist. Starting out as boring grey-ish purple slings, females will mature in to a flurry of blues, whites and yellows that keep your eyes glued.

In our opinion the best temperament of all the pokies (Poecilotheria), known to hunker down and wait for danger to pass, rather than throw a threat pose or show any aggression. This doesn’t mean they’re not capable of getting angry, biting or what we call teleportation if given the right reasons.

From sling to adult, these tarantulas move invisibly fast when they decide to run for it, so extreme care is necessary as their bite is significantly unpleasant.


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