Scientific name: Poecilotheria subfusca
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.
ivory cream, favorite species, deep purple, distinct colorationpattern
medically significant venom, skittish animals, begginers
threat posture, cork bark
My favorite pokie
P subfusca has been my favorite species of Poecilotheria for a very long time. I only recently acquired one (through a lucky draw on a raffle) so I have only owned this specific species for six months at the time of this review, though I have cared for them before.
Like all pokies, this species has medically significant venom and lacks urticating hairs. What this means is this tarantula will retreat first, throw up a threat posture second, and bite third. It is absolutely 100% not for handling. I don't handle any of my tarantulas, but if I did, my pokies would be one of the last on my list of handleables.
Now, on to the positive stuff: Subfusca is one of the Poecilotheria species that has a distinct coloration/pattern. Where a striata or formosa can be confused for a vittata to the untrained eye, a subfusca is as obvious as a metallica. Unique and beautiful, this is a must have for any Poecilotheria collector. Definitely not for beginners or anyone who wants to see their tarantula 100% of the time. I gave my adult female a tube of cork bark for a hide, and I only see her when she wants me to. At best, I see her entire body once a week, and I see the tips of her legs every other day or so.
A beautiful species, that is as easy to keep as all pokies (water dish, hide, the basics) but not for someone who wants to handle or see their spider every day..
From EponymousDrew Sep 10 2014 10:41PM
Much like P. metallica, P. subfusca are very shy and skittish animals that are rarely visible. However, when you do see them, they are a sight to behold! Colors range from black, to an ivory cream with hints of deep purple and yellow. There are two varieties of this species - highland and lowland (also known as "bara") - and science has not yet determined if they are, in fact, two distinct species.
These are a little tricky to breed in captivity, and a little more fragile than some of their cousins to keep. They do not tolerate heat well, and should be kept more at room temperature.
This spider is fast and skittish and does possess medically significant venom. They should not be handled..
From HeartlandInvert Jul 14 2014 3:21PM