Other common names: Pedersen's Ornamental Tarantula
Scientific name: Poecilotheria pederseni
The Ghost Ornamental Tarantula is an arboreal Tarantula which is native to Sri Lanka.
Spiderlings can live in a tall clear plastic container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 40 gallon tank, depending on the number of tarantulas. This species can be kept communally in a large, well-planted terrarium with many hiding spots and broad-leaved plants. There should be little or no cannibalism, especially if the tarantulas are about the same size and well fed. If concerned about fighting and cannibalism, it’s best to house them separately in a 5-10 gallon tank. Height is more important than floor space for whatever size tank being used.
Humidity levels must be kept up around 75% and temperatures should be around 22-26°C (71.6-78.8°F). Humidity should be around 70%. Substrate can be potting soil, peat moss, eco earth (bed-a-beast), or wood chips that should be kept moist (not sopping wet). A small shallow dish can be used to provide water. Other tank décor should be added to make climbing easy since they are tree dwellers by nature.
Ghost Ornamental Tarantula's will eat anything from crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, beetles, moths, and other flying insects, to anole lizards. They will also take mealworms and moth larvae, but these have to be given sparingly due to their fat percentage and the calcium-phosphor.proportions. Additionally to normal food, meat (for example chicken hearts) can be given on rare occasion; but because the spiders react to movement, it has to be moved with a tweezer or a thread.
coloration, wonderful addition, markings, display pet, experienced owners
rehousing, gnarly side effects
The Ghost Ornamental, like all of the Poecilotheria family of tarantulas are a display pet and nothing more. Their venom is very powerful, and while it wont kill you, you may wish it did. It's pain is excruciating and has many gnarly side effects. Do NOT handle this Tarantula. This is for experienced owners only. But for those with the experience, and the respect for 'Pokies' it would make a wonderful addition to the family. They're fast growers as well, I've always been fond of the faster growing large Tarantula species, myself..
From VapinOnCloud9 Apr 14 2015 9:08PM
I appreciate this T species a lot. They're not too high energy. They are fast, but you don't have to worry about them trying to bolt out of their enclosure anytime you do anything. They are good eaters, generally healthy and easy to care for, and will retreat way before they attack if they get spooked. Like other ornamentals, they have really neat patterns that come out pretty early in life. I've kept Ghosts starting from a small sling and within the first few months you see the full pattern for the most part. They start out more of a grey silver though and get whiter the older they get, hence the name "ghost." They don't make a ton of webs, but the ones they do make tend to be lower to the ground and tunneled, which I found to be different from other arboreals, so it was interesting observing and researching this species. Though I wouldn't recommend these for beginners, they are not a bad species to get if you're getting into ornamentals or more ill-tempered Ts in general after familiarizing yourself with the more docile species. I always thought of Ghosts as "polite" in a sense, when it comes to mannerisms of Ts. .
From arachnamancer Feb 4 2017 9:48PM