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Purple Earth Tiger Tarantula (Cyriopagopus sp hati hati)

The purple earth tiger tarantula is a spider endemic to parts of Southeast Asia. Its name “hati hati” roughly translates to “be careful”, “caution”, or “warning”.

Purple Earth Tiger Tarantula

Scientific Classification

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: 13 to 15cm

Color: This spider has striking purple femurs and abdomen, while its carapace is light brown.

Other Characteristic Features: They will put on an aggressive display by baring their fangs and raising their forelimbs if disturbed.

Cyriopagopus sp hati hati

Eggs

The yellowish-orange eggs are laid on a silk case made of webbing. The mother will then roll the web into a sac, fiercely protecting it.

Spiderlings

As a juvenile, they tend to burrow underground. The spiderlings become more arboreal as they mature.

The Web

These tarantulas use webbing to line their burrows.

Is the Purple Earth Tiger Tarantula Venomous

A bite from these spiders can be painful, and one should seek immediate medical attention if bitten.

Quick Facts

Other names Purple tree spider, Borneo purple earth tiger tarantula
Lifespan Males: 4-5 years, Females: 10-12 years
Distribution Western parts of Sumatra, as well as parts of Indonesia
Habitat Tropical forests
Diet Crickets, parasites, termites, and worms

Borneo Purple Earth Tiger Tarantula

Did You Know

  • Von Simmon first discovered this spider in South Sulawesi in 1887.

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The purple earth tiger tarantula is a spider endemic to parts of Southeast Asia. Its name “hati hati” roughly translates to “be careful”, “caution”, or “warning”.

Purple Earth Tiger Tarantula

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: 13 to 15cm

Color: This spider has striking purple femurs and abdomen, while its carapace is light brown.

Other Characteristic Features: They will put on an aggressive display by baring their fangs and raising their forelimbs if disturbed.

Cyriopagopus sp hati hati

Eggs

The yellowish-orange eggs are laid on a silk case made of webbing. The mother will then roll the web into a sac, fiercely protecting it.

Spiderlings

As a juvenile, they tend to burrow underground. The spiderlings become more arboreal as they mature.

The Web

These tarantulas use webbing to line their burrows.

Is the Purple Earth Tiger Tarantula Venomous

A bite from these spiders can be painful, and one should seek immediate medical attention if bitten.

Quick Facts

Other names Purple tree spider, Borneo purple earth tiger tarantula
Lifespan Males: 4-5 years, Females: 10-12 years
Distribution Western parts of Sumatra, as well as parts of Indonesia
Habitat Tropical forests
Diet Crickets, parasites, termites, and worms

Borneo Purple Earth Tiger Tarantula

Did You Know

  • Von Simmon first discovered this spider in South Sulawesi in 1887.

Image Source: happyforest.store, scontent.fccu4-2.fna.fbcdn.net, rttscience.com

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