Other common names: Ornamental Tree Spider
Scientific name: Poecilotheria regalis
Indian Ornamental Tarantulas are tree dwelling (arboreal) tarantulas from the forests of southeastern India.
Appearance / health:
Indian Ornamentals are beautifully marked in shades of grey and brown. The legs are usually banded above but on the underside they are black with patches of bright yellow on the front legs. Males can reach up to 7 inches, whereas females may reach up to 9 inches.
Behavior / temperament:
The Indian Ornamental Tarantula is very aggressive and defensive and should not be handled under any circumstances. The bite from these tarantulas may be medically significant for some people. Use some kind of tool to corral this tarantula and to move it from enclosure to enclosure for cleaning, maintenance, or for breeding attempts.
The Indian Ornamental is an arboreal species. It should be kept in a large, vertical enclosure. An aquarium with part screened sides and screened top works best for ventilation as well has keeping up humidity. If the enclosure becomes too dry, the spiders will not do very well.
These Tarantulas need a temp range of 78-82F with humidity levels of 75-85%. To keep the humidity up, the best way to set up the tank is to use a deep (4 to 5 inch) substrate of damp (not wet) sand and peat moss and then also provide several live plants within the enclosure. Adding one or two shallow water dishes and misting the enclosure once a day to every other day will also help keep the humidity up.
Large insects, other spiders, scorpions, centipedes, small frogs and reptiles make up the varied diet. The prey will be hunt down quickly as these are a hunting spider. They also seem to love moths as well.
Indian ornamentals are very fast growing spiders. Males will reach maturity in around a year, while females take two or three years. Since males grow rapidly, they have a short life span, usually only 3-4 years. Some females have been recorded living for 12 years. Adult males should be carefully introduced into the female’s enclosure after he has produced a sperm web. The female should be very well-fed before any introductions these females are notorious for attacking and eating males even before any mating can occur. So keeping both male and female well-fed, they will be more likely to succeed with breeding. The egg sacs of Indian Ornamentals are usually small, within the 40 to 50 range. Spiderlings are hardy and grow quickly if set up properly and can even be raised communally if kept well-fed. Be sure to offer them a large enclosure with multiple retreats and hiding spots. As adults, being communal is not always true.
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The Indian Ornamental Tarantula
Such a beautiful spider, this tarantula can grow a 6" leg span and has gorgeous patterns. Not for beginner's, as a bite from this tarantula can send you to the emergency room. Muscle cramps, aching stiff joints, chest pain, fever. It's not a walk in the park. However, for the more experienced owners, this is a beautiful display pet, and an excellent addition to the collection..
From VapinOnCloud9 Mar 24 2015 10:38PM
The Indian ornamental is a pretty spider, with your typical ornamental markings on the legs and abdomen. I find them to be a bit easier to keep than most other ornamentals as they are calmer, even though they are just as quick and shy. They like to hang out in wedges and corners of their enclosures away from the objects in with them for some reason, so they are pretty easy to spot pretty much all the time. They do seem a bit lazy though, as once they are comfortable, they will stay in their straightened out stick formation for quite some time. They are good eaters, and seem to be easy to keep healthy, so not a bad species for a beginner with ornamentals. .
From arachnamancer Mar 3 2017 3:47AM
My boyfriend at the time owned this spider and I was around it almost daily for about 4 months.
This spider was colorful but dangerous looking. It is a tarantula and as such has an aggressive nature and carries venom. For these reasons I would not recommend this around children! Even I was scared of it!
They are known to bite and he was very fast so do not expect to be able to pick it up!
My bf kept him in a glass terrariums with plenty of height as this spider is not known to spend time on the ground! Some rock or wood work would be appropriate as well. The spider sleeps during the day so there is no special lighting requirement and room temperature is fine.
This spider needed to be only fed once a week and the diet mainly consisted of insects and rodents. Crickets and worms were pretty popular with this pet.
Overall, it was really fun to watch this spider move but I was glad I didn't own it or have to take care of it. A really cool pet, if you have the personality for it!.
From queenofwords Dec 1 2013 12:53PM