Tarantula (Haplopelma lividum)
of the both Burma and Thailand, this spider was
first described by Smith.
It lives in a labyrinth of
extensive burrows in the tropical forests of
This species is most notable for
its beautiful iridescent (electric) blue color of
the legs. The carapace is usually a light brown
with the abdomen a dark grey/brown, often with
One keeper described this spider
"One of the most aggressive,
most beautiful, and high strung tarantula in the
spider world. Females are a blue color and males
are brown. Only recommended for advanced
This spider is usually described
as "one of the most bad-tempered/aggressive
spiders in the hobby, it is well known for its
My own specimen of this tarantula
(Lightning) was very fast, not exactly
aggressive, but I have more that a little respect
for her. Not for the faint hearted as it can be a
bit of an escapologist.
PLEASE NOTE: This spider should
never be handled and certainly is not recommended
for a newcomer to tarantulas. This one is for the
experienced keeper only.
The requirements in captivity
As for keeping them as pets, many
people keep these in large 12x12x12 (inches)
Like the other tropical species
they require high humidity levels (above 80%).
As these spiders are keen
burrowers, you must make sure a suitable material
is used for the substrate. Substrate for the cage
should be of peat/vermiculite mix, should be at
least 3 inches deep.
An open water dish is a must, as
is regular spraying of the tank with a plant
mister. On no account should the humidity level
fall below 70 percent!
Food: All standard invertebrates
Type: Terrestrial (Tropical)
Aggressiveness: Considered very
Venom Effect: Not yet known.
Geographic Range: Burma, Thailand
Substrate: 3 inches (at least).
Shelter: Burrower, so makes it's
Water: Open water dish.