Other common names: Red Slate Ornamental; Giant Redslate Ornamental Tarantula; Reddish Parachute Spider; Rufus Parachute Spider; Travancore Slate-red
Scientific name: Poecilotheria rufilata
The Redslate Ornamental Tarantula is an arboreal species which is native to the southern Western Ghats mountain range of India. It is uncommon in the pet trade, and is rarely bred.
Unfortunately, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the wild population of Poecilotheria rufilata is classified as Endangered. "The species is restricted to fewer than five fragmented locations in the southern Western Ghats. The species suffers from the threats of habitat degradation and loss due to continuous cutting of old trees for timber and collection of minor forest produce. In Kerala, the locals kill the wandering males that venture into homes and/or found on trees out of fear. The population is also threatened since there is pressure from pet traders in smuggling this species out of the country into Europe and America."
Appearance / health:
The Redslate Ornamental Tarantula grows to around 3.5 inches (9 cm.).
Behavior / temperament:
Poecilotheria species posses potent venom and are considered appropriate for advanced keepers only.
The Redslate Ornamental Tarantula should be housed in a 10 gallon or larger habitat. As it is an arboreal species, it needs branches to climb on, and the habitat should be tall. 22-26°C (71.6-78.8°F). Humidity at around 85%.
grower, little yellow splotches, yellow markings, largest tarantula, leg spans
Handle, complex terrarium setup, Venom, medically significant venom
bird eating species
Redslate Ornamental - Pokie
I love my pokies, as i said before on my reviews arboreal tarantulas are the most beutifeul in my POV. It requires a most complex terrarium setup
i´ve breed my P.Ornata and raised more then 200 healthy eggs!
Venom from Poecilotheria species can lead you to a painfull day :)
Never Handle them as i do, they must be managed by professionals.
Its not a good begginer spider as well
Something strange about my P.Rufilata shes used to eat House geckos ahaha.
From MikeSoares Feb 23 2014 6:22AM
If you love the genus Poecilotheria, you must have one of these in your collection.
P. rufilata is, next to members of the Theraphosa genus, the largest tarantula available for purchase in the hobby. Adult females can reach leg spans of 10-12" easily. They are arboreal, so they do not have the body mass of the large bird eating species of tarantula, but they make up for it in leg span.
Coloration of these guys is really unique to the genus. They are an overall green color, with black and yellow markings, and red setae that covers their legs and part of their abdomen, which gives them their common name.
These are most definitely not for handling. This species is very fast, very skittish and can be very defensive when disturbed. They are also an Old World species, so they do possess medically significant venom. These are best left for display..
From HeartlandInvert Aug 29 2014 12:44AM