Sri Lankan Ornamental Caresheet

Poecilotheria fasciata P.fasciata - Sri-Lankan Ornamental

P.fasciata Caresheet and Species Information

Sub Family Poecilotheriinae
Genus Poecilotheria
Species Poecilotheria fasciata – P. fasciata (A common mistake is to call this species, P.fasciatum this is a common mistake and normally caused by confusing Poecilotheria fasciata – P.fasciata with Cyclosternum fasciatum – C.fasciatum
Common Names Sri Lankan Ornamental, Sri Lankan Ornamental tree spider
Tarantula Country of Origin Sri Lanka – Old World
Natural Habitat of Tarantula
Thick tropical jungles of Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan Ornamental has a dark abdomen with a wide central cream band edged in black, with five oblique marks. The Sri Lankan Ornamental’s carapace is grey with cream markings while the legs are banded white and black, with yellow the bottom of the first two pairs being yellow, which is used as a warning signal to would be attackers
Housing Arboreal
Size 7-8 inches or 17 – 20cm
Temperature 70F to 80F or 21C – 28C
Humidity Humid 80%
Temperement The Sri Lankan Ornamental is an Old World species with a potent bite and fiery temperement. The Sri Lankan Ornamental is nervous and will retreat to safety if disturbed but if cornered will readily display a threat pose and bit if needs be. The Sri Lankan Ornamental will deliver multiple bites and like all the Poecilotheria species their venom can cause medically significant symptoms. The Sri Lankan Ornamental is really quite ridiculously fast and being a tree spider has incredibly sure footing. show this species a lot of respect especially when doing more in depth enclosure maintenance.
Enclosure Arboreal setup with height more important than floor space. 1-2inches or 2.5 to 5cm of substrate (younger P.fasciata may burrow). The substrate will help to keep hold the moisture you’ll require to keep the humidity at the required levels. Length and width of the cage should at the very least be 3 times the length of the P.fasciata. The Sri Lankan Ornamental is quite active and makes a great display spider. The Sri Lankan Ornamental also webs quite a bit being arboreal so try and find an enclosure with more than one access point so as not to destroy the Sri Lankan Ornamental’s webbing.
Substrate Potting Soil/Peat Moss, Vermiculite or mix of Peat and vermiculite
Decorations Provide at least one burrow and realistic surroundings including tree bark, plants and for tarantulas 3 inches or larger supply a water dish

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