Ivory Ornamental Tarantula

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Scientific name: Poecilotheria subfusca

The basics:
The Ivory Ornamental Tarantula is an arboreal Tarantula which is native to the lowlands and mountainous areas of central Sri-Lanka. It is a strikingly-patterned, beautiful tarantula, and is not very common in captivity. Though Poecilotheria subfusca tends to be reclusive and quite shy, it is recommended for advanced or expert keepers only because it is very fast and has a very potent venom.

Appearance / health:
Ivory Ornamental Tarantulas are beautifully marked and reach 6-7 inches (15-17 cm.) in leg-span.

Behavior / temperament:
Ivory Ornamental Tarantulas tend to be shy, nervous, and retiring. However, the bite from these tarantulas may be medically significant for some people, and should not be handled under any circumstances. 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 Ivory Ornamental Tarantula 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.

Temperature needs to stay around 70-75F with right humidity levels; around 70%. 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.

Ivory 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.


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