The Gooty tarantula was originally discovered in railway timber yard in a town called gooty in southern India but was not until over 100 years it was rediscovered in forests between Nandyal and Giddalur in 2001.
As you can see from my pictures even as a young spider it is quite stunning to look at with its striking markings of metallic blue colouring broken with white and yellow markings. You will not forget this spider after you have seen one.
It is important to keep the correct temperature and humidity with this species so I reared my young spider in different size plastic sweet jars bought from the web, with air holes drilled. And have a large jar ready and I have brought air vents to fit on the sides. I am keeping moist substrate on the floor with moss on top and cork logs for it to hide, although the spider is on show most of the time as my vivarium is dark lit and warmed by red lights. I also have a Digital LCD Hygrometer Humidity and Temperature Thermometer it has a probe which I have fixed on the lid. So I can accurately monitor and control the humidity and temperature inside the spider's enclosure. Being an arboreal species I fix the water dish high fixed to twigs also helps to keep the humidity high. Some keepers use hot glue to fix a water dish but I use clip-on bird feeder bowl for budgies which can be bought from most pet shops.
These spiders have always been quite expensive to buy as an adult, up to £250 on the web. Although prices have come down because of captive breeding a small sling can now be bought for around £30, but usually sell out fast. And anyway my spider is maturing very fast.
Some people do handle these spiders but I would not recommend it as there venom is significantly strong, they can be aggressive and move incredibly fast when they want to. I am only handling my spider as a young juvenile and will not when it is an adult, not on purpose anyway.