Rightpet

Overall satisfaction

3/5

Acquired: Breeder,
Bred invertebrate myself,
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Gender: N/A

Appearance

4/5

Temperament

1/5

Easy to handle

0/5

Visibility

2/5

Easy to keep

3/5

Health

2/5

ActivityLevel

4/5

Poecilotheria ornata

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United States

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Next to P. rufilata, this is the largest Poecilotheria in the hobby, and one of the largest tarantulas one can own overall. Adult females have a legspan of 8-10" or better. They are arboreal overall, though many will also dig down behind a piece of corkbark for added security in their enclosures.

The cons to this species...first their temperament. They're one of the more defensive Poecs, and will not hesitate to charge keepers or bite when provoked. They also have some rather nasty medically significant venom that has been reported to lay up some keepers for several days with pain, cramping and general inflammation.

Secondly, while they are rather hardy, sometimes the spiderlings can be somewhat fragile if allowed to get too cool or too dry. I've kept some that have had some serious molting problems as babies that resulted in lost or deformed limbs, but grew out of them and regenerated with a little TLC.

Overall, if you have experience with other Old Worlds, or Poecilotheria as a genus, you'll be fine with one of these beauties. Just beware their attitude!

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