Sri Lankan Ornamental Caresheet and Species Information
|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||Old World – Sri Lanka|
|Natural Habitat of Tarantula
||Dense tropical jungles of Sri Lanka|
||The P.fasciata has a dark coloured abdomen with a broad central cream band edged in black, plus five oblique marks. The P.fasciata’s carapace is grey with cream markings while the legs are banded black and white, with yellow the bottom of the first two pairs being yellow, which the P.fasciata uses as a warning to potential attackers|
|Size||7-8 inches or 17 – 20cm|
|Temperature||70F to 80F or 21C – 28C
|Temperement||The P.fasciata is an Old World species with a potent bite and fiery temperement. The P.fasciata is nervous and will retreat to safety if disturbed but if cornered will readily display a threat pose and bit if needs be. The P.fasciata will deliver multiple bites and like all the Poecilotheria species their venom can cause medically significant symptoms. The P.fasciata 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 cage maintenance.
|Enclosure||Arboreal enclosure with height more important than floor space. 1-2inches or 2.5 to 5cm of substrate (younger P.fasciata may dig). 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 enclosure should at the very least be 3 times the length of the Tarantula. The P.fasciata is rather active and makes a great display spider. The P.fasciata 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 P.fasciata’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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