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Poecilotheria ornata -Fringed Ornamental Tarantula



The largest poecilotheria species within the genus.  

Care Details:

  • Temperature: Ideal range for the Poecilotheria ornata is 75 to 85°F (24 to 29°C). These conditions encourage active feeding, rapid growth, and regular molting.
  • Humidity: Maintain humidity at around 60-70%. Water dishes are not necessary, but if used, they pose no harm. I personally do not use them.
  • Housing: As an arboreal species, housing for Poecilotheria ornata should meet their need to climb. Babies can be accommodated in a small vial up to 5 inches tall and 2 inches in diameter with proper ventilation, available free at checkout upon request. Juveniles require a 7-8 inch tall enclosure, and adults need 12 to 16 inches to roam and exhibit natural behaviors.

Diet: Poecilotheria ornata enjoys a diet rich in variety, including crickets and various types of roaches such as Dubia, Red-runner, and Madagascar hissing roaches. Smaller tarantulas should be fed baby crickets and roaches. If prey needs to be made more manageable, crush its head and place it in the enclosure. Always ensure to clean out any uneaten food to avoid mold. An occasional small mouse can be offered as a rare treat, but keep this infrequent to avoid dietary complications.

In-depth Facts:

  • Latin name: Poecilotheria ornata
  • Common name: Fringed Ornamental
  • Locale: This species is native to the beautiful forests of Sri Lanka.
  • Category: Arboreal and a prolific webber.
  • Size: Females can grow up to 9-10 inches, making them one of the larger species in the Poecilotheria genus. Males are slightly smaller.
  • Urticating hairs: No
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Life span: Females can live up to 12 years, while males typically live around 3-4 years.
  • Recommended levels: lovers of the poecilotheria genus, or other asian species. 

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Safety Disclaimer: Experiencing a tarantula bite is an extremely rare occurrence, and it's important to note that there have been no recorded fatalities due to a tarantula bite. The venom potency varies across species, with Old World tarantulas generally having stronger venom than their New World counterparts. Within the Old World category, the Poecilotheria genus is known for having particularly potent venom.

It's crucial to approach tarantulas with respect and understanding. If you happen to get bitten, which is unlikely, the key is to stay calm. In most cases, the discomfort is superficial and subsides within a few minutes to a few hours. However, bites from species with more potent venom may result in symptoms lasting up to a week. Remember, larger tarantulas tend to have more venom than smaller ones.

Please be aware that I cannot assume responsibility for bites. Tarantula handling should be done at your own risk. In my 11 years of experience with these creatures, I have only been bitten once, by a species with highly potent venom. While the experience was painful, the symptoms had completely disappeared after a week.

Handle tarantulas responsibly, and always prioritize your safety and the well-being of the tarantula.