Scientific Name: Poecilotheria metallica
Common Name: Gooty Sapphire Ornamental
Endemic Location: SE India
Adult Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 8”
Growth Rate: Fast
Life Expectancy: Females 12 years / Males 4 years
Recommended Experience Level: Advanced
Just like all other Poecilotherias, the metallica shares the same intricate patterns, slender body and long legs, although blue in colour, with hints of yellow on their legs. In slings, the colour is less prominent, yet as they grow, it becomes more visible. Colour isn’t as chromatic in males as it is in females, yet as a female metallica matures, the colour fades. When at their full size, Poecilotheria metallica can reach up to 8 inches.
Poecilotheria metallica is still one of the most sought after species in the tarantula community, due to their stunning colouration, size, and patterns.