Cobalt Blue Tarantula
Very aggressive and fast. Bright blue overall under certain lighting; otherwise looks black. Eight small eyes are grouped at the front of the carapace. Thick legs each have two claws at the tip. Grow to 4 to 5 inches.
GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE AND HABITAT:
Rain forests of Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Viet Nam.
Carnivorous. Mainly insects, but also other arthropods and small vertebrates such as frogs and mice. Can go long periods without food.
LIFE CYCLE/SOCIAL STRUCTURE:
Active at night, spending the day in a burrow. Spins large webs. Males wander at night in search of females; mating is brief and females are not usually aggressive toward males. Eggs are laid in a burrow. Females may live 20 years or more.
Most tarantula species molt 2-4 times a year until they reach maturity, after which they molt once or twice a year. Molting renews the outer covering and replaces any missing appendages. Straight vertical fangs at the ends of the chelicerae (two thick appendages extending from the head) deliver a paralyzing venom to prey. This fluid also contains chemicals which help break down tissue in order to aid in the digestive process.
Tarantulas rely heavily on their sensory receptors, the most highly developed of which are the tarantula's hairs. Eyesight is poor and hearing debatable.
The Cobalt Blue Tarantula can be found in the Bug House in the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo.
STATUS IN WILD:
Rare due to loss of habitat. Malaysia prevents exportation. This animal has not yet been evaluated by the IUCN.