Common Name: Blue Fang Tarantula Scientific Name: Ephebopus cyanognathus
Status: Captive Bred
Country of origin - French Guiana, South America Habitat: Ground dwelling Suitability: Not for beginners, not very friendly. Body length: ≤ 4/5cm. Ephebopus cyanognathus is sexually dimorphic, with females being a little bit larger and heavier than males. The first leg pair on males is longer than females.
Span width: ≤ 11/13cm.
Behavior: Ephebopus cyanognathus is very nervous, defensive and (at younger ages) as fast as lightning. The spider will try to flee at first. Persistent provocation can result in the use of urticating setae or a bite. The spider will dig a burrow underground, not as deep as other burrowing species, fortifying the entrance with whatever she can find a few centimeters above the surface (video). Ephebopus cyanognathus must be given the oppotunity to burrow and climb, esp. at younger ages, due to the fact they might show a semi-arboreal lifestyle.
Venom: Probably mild. No valuable scientific research has been done yet.
Growth rate: Medium.
Life expectancy: Females probably become up to 12-15 years old. Males are given a shorter lifetime of 3-4 years. No valuable source found.