Poecilotheria metallica (Gooty Sapphire Ornamental)
This is one of the most sought after arboreal species and is a jewel in the trade. Their size and coloration make them an excellent ‘show’ tarantula. Striking bright blue, yellow, and white markings always draw much attention to this beautiful species. This is a very fast, sometimes aggressive tarantula that has strong venom. For that reason, some experience is advised before adding an adult P. metallica to your collection.
* Adapted from The American Tarantula Society
Name and Description History:
Poecilotheria metallica Pocock, 1899
Poecilotheria metallica Pocock, 1900
**Though we sometimes show pictures of tarantulas being held, we do not recommend the handling of them.
Old World, Semi-arboreal
Growth Rate: Fast
Natural Habitat: India. Nandyal and Eastern Ghats area They seek hollow trees to live in.
Housing Needs: An arboreal setup is needed. P. metallicas require higher humidity levels than most. A hollowed out cork bark tube is a good choice as a hide.
Temperament: This species can be defensive. They are very fast with venom that can cause nerve damage.