Scientific name: Poecilotheria ornata
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
My Poecilotheria ornata aka Fringed Ornamental
Beautiful lady. Easy to care for, like keeping fish without having to change the water. Feed a couple of times a month, keep a small water bowl full and that's about it. I don't handle my tarantulas and this particular genus is probably best left alone due to it's medically significant venom. She is quick when she wants to be but never aggressive..
From patrickdm Sep 10 2014 5:25PM
Next to P. rufilata, this is the largest Poecilotheria in the hobby, and one of the largest tarantulas one can own overall. Adult females have a legspan of 8-10" or better. They are arboreal overall, though many will also dig down behind a piece of corkbark for added security in their enclosures.
The cons to this species...first their temperament. They're one of the more defensive Poecs, and will not hesitate to charge keepers or bite when provoked. They also have some rather nasty medically significant venom that has been reported to lay up some keepers for several days with pain, cramping and general inflammation.
Secondly, while they are rather hardy, sometimes the spiderlings can be somewhat fragile if allowed to get too cool or too dry. I've kept some that have had some serious molting problems as babies that resulted in lost or deformed limbs, but grew out of them and regenerated with a little TLC.
Overall, if you have experience with other Old Worlds, or Poecilotheria as a genus, you'll be fine with one of these beauties. Just beware their attitude!.
From HeartlandInvert Jul 14 2014 2:31PM