Real or Hoax: Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tree Spider

A photo of a rare, bright blue tarantula has been seen circulating online. Is this blue metallic creature real or fake?

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It’s real.

Upon first glance of this brilliantly-colored spider, one may thing it might be another example of a Photoshop contest, such as the popular (and fake) golden snake photo. This blue spider, however, turns out to be absolutely real. Poecilotheria metallica is a species of tarantula native to a small area of India and Sri Lanka. Known commonly as the Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tree Spider, this name comes from the city Gooty, India in which a specimen was discovered.

This tarantula should not be confused with the more common Cobalt Blue Tarantula.

Poecilotheria metallica was first discovered in 1899, and “rediscovered” in 2001 in an area between Nandyal and Giddalur. It is now listed as Critically Endangered and only found in a single area of less than 100 square kilometers.

Below are some great photos of the Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tree Spider:

Due to their color and rarity, this creature is a highly coveted species by tarantula traders, selling for a premium of several hundred dollars or more.

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4 Comments on Real or Hoax: Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tree Spider

  1. Maybe first pic as well

  2. Thats called a Poecilotheria Metallica,
    3rd & 5th are presumed females, & they are beautiful… <3

  3. Hi… no… you are fake… I just looked you up on the snoopes website and they said you dont exist.. (-:

    • Andy Reid // May 7, 2014 at 12:50 am // Reply

      Actually they are real. I own 5 and this little guy is a jewel among collectors. They will soon be extinct if their habitat is destroyed though. They pack a punch as far as venom, but they are beautiful. P. Metallica. Look on any reputable tarantula dealer’s websites. I implore people to get their spiders from dealers rather than off the wall guys. They rape the habitats these creatures thrive in. Soon, there won’t be any but captive bred. Please buy captive bred only. You may find them disgusting, but they are essential for eco-systems. There’s a reason these guys have lasted 300 million years. – The Spider Guy.

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