Cyriopagopus (formerly Haplopelma) lividum (Cobalt Blue)

This highly sought after favorite in the hobby is absolutely stunning. As its common name implies, it is known for having beautiful blue iridescent legs. Sexual dimorphism is pronounced in this species with males turning brown at maturity. The movements of this species are much more unpredictable compared to most others, so great care should be taken as it is known for its aggressiveness, speed, and potent venom.

Name Pronunciation:
Haplopelma (haa-pluh-PEL-muh)
lividum (LI-vi-duhm)

* Adapted from The American Tarantula Society

Name Meaning: lividum means blue and black

Name and Description History:
Haplopelma lividum Smith, 1996

Old World, Terrestrial burrower
Size: About 5”
Growth Rate: Fast
Natural Habitat: Thailand and Burma. Tropical rain forests.
Housing Needs: Terrestrial burrowing habitat. This species thrives best with high humidity and warmer temps at around 77-85 degrees. The substrate should be kept damp. If you provide a hide, it is possible that this species will use it instead of burrowing, but they will most likely burrow.
Temperament: Some say this is one of the most aggressive species in the hobby. They are very nervous species and are prone to bolting during habitat maintenance and rehousing.