Fringed Ornamental Tarantula (Poecilotheria ornata)

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The Fringed Ornamental Tarantula is an Old World species native of the Sri Lanka forests. It is a very large arboreal tarantula with full grown adults reaching a length of 10+ inches. It is considered one of the largest of pokies. Poecilotheria comes from the Greek word poikilos which means spotted, therion which means wild beast and ornata which means adorned.

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Habitat:

The Fringed Ornamental is an arboreal species that spends most of its time up in trees and plants in the wild. Your enclosure should be about 10 gallons in size and needs to have more height then width. Substrate should be very damp to produce enough humidity for this species. Humidity levels should be anywhere from 75 to 85 percent and temperatures should be about 78 to 83 degrees. A long piece of bark should be added to provide your pokie a hide and something for it to climb on. A clean water dish should also always be available at all times. Due to high humidity levels in the enclosure be sure to keep a close look out for mold or fungus as this can be common in the enclosure. Should you see any, waste no time in providing enough maintenance to clean up the enclosure.

 

Feeding:

A steady diet of crickets and large b.dubia cockroaches should be fine for this tarantula. They are insectivores and have been known to eat locusts, moths and other types of insects. Feeding should be kept at once a week and should not be an issue as these guys are great eaters.

 

Attitude:

Pokies are very defensive and from experience this one might just be the most aggressive out of all of them. Your Fringed Ornamental is very defensive and are known to strike fast. They do produce one of the worst venom of all tarantulas with victims experiencing immense pain, muscle cramps, fever like symptoms, vomiting, blurry eyes and even shortness of breath. Even though the toxins in its venom are not lethal it can still easily induce a quick trip to the E.R. We do not recommend the handling of this species at all, not even by the most experienced of hobbyists.

 

Do not let the Fringed Ornamental Tarantula’s aggressiveness of this species scare you, it is a great tarantula and a must have for any experienced keeper’s collection. Do you have a P. ornata? Tell us your story and comment down below!

Red Slate Ornamental Tarantula (Poecilotheria rufilata)

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The Red Slate Ornamental tarantula is a species from India that spends most of its times up in trees or plants of the Indian forests. It is a very rare species to come across due to the rare breeding of it, spiderslings tend to be very delicate and require a lot of maintenance until reaching full adult size. In addition they are scarce in the wild due to their natural habitat being threatened due to cutting of trees and plants and deforestation in India. They are most definitely a species for the more experienced of hobbyists. They tend to grow between 7 to 9 inches in length and get to be anywhere from 4 to 9 years old.

 

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Habitat:

The Red Slate Ornamental Tarantula is an arboreal species who likes to spend its time up in trees in the wild. You will need an  enclosure of about 10 to 15 gallons that is more tall then it has floor space. About 3 inches of substrate should be used. We recommend a coconut fiber and peat moss mixture, make sure it is heavily damp. A nice piece or pieces of bark should be added for your tarantula to climb up on. It will end up webbing its home at the top of your enclosure. A fresh water dish should also be available and always overflowing with clean water. Misting is not needed but you can still do so once or twice a week. Just be sure to not spray directly on top of your tarantula but more towards the panels of the enclosure. You should have a temperature of about 68 to 75 degrees and a humidity level of about 75%.

 

Feeding:

The Red Slate Ornamental Tarantula is an easy eater and will devour pretty much any insects you can mix up its diet with. You can feed them either crickets, cockroaches, locusts and moths. A feeding of once a week should be just fine. As always should you see that your p. rufilata has not eaten its prey within 24, remove the prey. It could be that it has no appetite or in some cases could be in pre-molt stages. Do not stress out your tarantula by having the prey stay in the enclosure.

 

Attitude:

These are very skittish animals and can easily get startled. They are quite fast as slings or juveniles and only slow down as they reach adulthood. They do not come with urticating hairs and their primary line of defense is their bite. Though their venom is not lethal it still has a medium toxicity level that can cause moderate pain, muscle cramps and sometimes fever like symptoms. They are not as aggressive as other old world tarantulas but will easily go on the defense should they feel threatened.

 

We would not recommend this species for a beginner tarantula keeper but for more advanced and experienced hobbyist. It is very rare and great species to have.

Indian Ornamental Tarantula (Poecilotheria regalis)

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The Indian Ornamental Tarantula is a tarantula that comes from the deep monsoon forests of India. They are an arboreal species that in the wild spends most of its time enduring an almost constant drench of downpour rain. Most full grown p.regalis have a body length of about 3.5 inches with a leg span anywhere between 5 to 7 inches. They are very impressive tarantula. Poecilotheria derives form the Greek “poikilos” which means spotted and “therion” which means wild beast while “regalis” means royal. So in fact the p.regalis stands for royal spotted wild beast. Not surprising due to its beautiful marks on its abdomen and legs. Most males for this species will live to be about 4 to 5 years while females tend to live as old as 9+ years. The Indian Ornamental is considered a popular tarantula for avid hobbyists.

 

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Habitat:

The Indian Ornamental Tarantula starts its life by being terrestrial as spiderlings actually burrowing. As you see your sling grow you should change your enclosure for it gradually. You will also note that it ends up eventually becoming arboreal and you should make sure you have the right enclosure for it which we recommend a 10 gallon tall tank with a width no shorter then a 14-16 inches but most definitely tall between 18 to 24 inches or taller (depending on the size of yours. As stated your p.regalis comes from a very wet place in the wild and spend most of their lives up in trees. Your substrate should be damp enough to give them enough humidity though these species can get accustomed to lower levels of humidity then what they are used to in the wild. Make sure there is some sort of bark or cork for it to climb on and be up in your enclosure. Make sure it has a water source as well such as a water dish thats always topped off. Misting the enclosure should not be needed if your substrate is damp enough but encouraged if you can not keep a humid environment. Once you have the enclosure set to their likings you will most definitely see an increase in webbing throughout.

 

Feeding:

Your Indian Ornamental Tarantula should have a steady diet of high nutrient insects. You can feed them large crickets just fine or you can use some B.dubia roaches as a filling meal as well. They are usually very easy eaters and some are known to eat as much as they are given.

 

Attitude:

The Indian Ornamental Tarantula is not an aggressive tarantula at all. You should never handle your Indian Ornamental Tarantula or any other pokies. The reason we do not recommend it is due to it’s arboreal speed. They can easily jump out of your hands causing great harm to themselves as well as you having to chase after them. In addition as most Old World tarantulas they have a predilection for biting on contact and (due to their big fangs) this can be quite severe.

 

The Indian Ornamental is definitely a great tarantula for your collection. But as a hobbyist we would recommend you to be between the intermediate to expert level of tarantula keeping. We certainly would not recommend this being your first Old World tarantula.

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