Poecilotheria Rufilata - The Regal Red Slate Ornamental Tarantula
Introduction: Meet the Poecilotheria Rufilata, also renowned as the Red Slate Ornamental Tarantula. This arboreal beauty is a true gem in the tarantula world, boasting striking patterns and a mix of green, black, and subtle red shades. Native to the lush forests of India, the P. Rufilata is not just a visual spectacle but also an engaging species for intermediate-level tarantula enthusiasts.
Temperature: Optimal conditions range from 75 to 85°F (24 to 29°C). These temperatures promote healthy growth, frequent molting, and robust feeding behaviors.
Humidity: The P. Rufilata thrives in humidity levels of around 65-70%. While water dishes are optional, I personally do not use them, but they can be included safely.
- Babies: I provide a small vial (up to 5 inches tall and 2 inches in diameter) with proper ventilation for baby tarantulas, available for free at checkout upon request.
- Juveniles and Adults: A 7-8 inch tall enclosure is ideal for those larger than 2 inches, while adults need a space ranging from 12 to 16 inches tall to accommodate their arboreal lifestyle.
Diet: My P. Rufilata enjoys a varied diet of crickets and different cockroaches, including Dubia and Red-runner roaches. Baby tarantulas do well with baby crickets and roaches. It's fine if you have access to only one type of prey. An occasional pinky or hopper mouse can be a treat, but should be offered sparingly for the larger specimens.
- Latin Name: Poecilotheria Rufilata
- Common Name: Red Slate Ornamental Tarantula
- Locale: Found in the forested areas of India
- Category: Arboreal; known for creating intricate webs
- Size: Females can reach up to 8-9 inches, males slightly smaller
- Urticating Hairs: No
- Growth Rate: Moderately fast
- Life Span: Females can live over 12 years, while males have a shorter lifespan of about 3-4 years
- Recommended Levels: Best suited for keepers with the love for the poecilotheria species.
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Safety Disclaimer: While a bite from a P. Rufilata is unlikely and not fatal, their venom is more potent than many New World species. Symptoms from a bite can last a few hours to a week. Larger tarantulas tend to have more venom. Handling should be approached with caution and respect, and is done at your own risk. In over a decade of handling tarantulas, I've learned the importance of careful interaction with these fascinating creatures.
The Poecilotheria Rufilata offers a unique and exhilarating experience for the avid tarantula keeper, blending aesthetic appeal with the thrill of keeping a more dynamic species.