Fringed Ornamental Tarantula

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Scientific name: Poecilotheria ornata

The basics:
The Fringed Ornamental Tarantula is a large arboreal tarantula which is native to Sri Lanka.

Appearance / health:
The 2nd largest in the genus, many can attain sizes of 10" DLS (diagonal leg span) They are an overall black and green coloration, with yellow and white leg bandings and hints of purple and red, especially on freshly molted specimens.

Behavior / temperament:
Fast, and moderately defensive, depending on the individual. These possess medically significant venom. These will bite with provocation. Not for handling.

Large arboreal enclosure
These are relatively easy to house and care for. Provide ample room for adults, more height than floor space, and provide at least one vertical space for the animal to web up and retreat to.

Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, mealworms.

Moderately difficult - females need to be of adequate size, and environmental triggers may be needed to encourage sac production.


beauties, largest Poecilotheria


medically significant venom, molting problems, defensive Poecs

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