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Pterinopelma sazimai

Pterinopelma sazimai

Pterinopelma sazimai also known as Brazilian blue tarantula

The Brazilian blue tarantula, also known as Pterinopelma sazimai, is a stunning New World tarantula that can be found in the Bahia and Minas Gerais regions of Brazil. Unfortunately, due to deforestation, wildfires, urban sprawl, and farming, the tarantula’s habitat is shrinking, making it an endangered species in its native location. As a result, it is essential to purchase captive-bred tarantulas from reputable dealers.

Info Overview

Genus: Pterinopelma
Species: sazimai
Living Height: Terrestrial, Opportunistic burrower
Urticating Hairs: Yes
World Type:  New World
World Location: Brazil, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Chapada Diamantina
Leg Span (DLS): 5.5-6” (14-16cm)
Life Span: F: up to 12 years M: up to 3 years
Growth Rate: Medium
Keeper Level: Intermediate


The Pterinopelma sazimai is highly adaptable to its environment, experiencing heavy rainfall and long periods of little moisture. They burrow deep when looking for heat relief or increased humidity, so it is necessary to provide them with a depth of substrate. While they may show defensive behaviors and throw a threat posture and kick hairs, they are not suitable for beginner tarantula keepers.


To raise spiderlings, keep them in basic spiderling enclosures with a damp substrate, tiny water dishes, and small hides. As the tarantulas mature into juveniles, transfer them into acrylic terrestrial juvenile enclosures with cross ventilation, a cork bark hide, and a slightly damp substrate. For sub-adults and adults, move them into 2.5-5 gallon style enclosures with tightly fitting lids, coco fiber, or another suitable substrate, water dishes, hides, and decorations.


In terms of feeding, give spiderlings a small cricket or roach twice a week, removing any unwanted prey by the next day to avoid mites and mold. For juveniles, feed them 2-3 medium crickets or two small roaches once a week. If the tarantula is in premolt, offer prey and remove it within 24 hours if it has not eaten it by then. Wait 2-3 days after a molt before attempting to feed again.


In summary, the Pterinopelma sazimai is an incredible tarantula species that requires proper care and attention. By ensuring that they have suitable living conditions and proper feeding, they can thrive and be a beautiful addition to any tarantula keeper’s collection.

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