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Poecilotheria striata (Mysore Ornamental Tarantula) Information + caresheet

Poecilotheria striata (Mysore Ornamental Tarantula) Information + caresheet

Name Pronunciation:
Poecilotheria (pee-suh-luh-THI-ree-uh)
striata (stree-AH-tuh)

* Adapted from The American Tarantula Society

Name origin: The name Poecilotheria is derived from Greek “poikilos” – spotted and “therion” – wild beast

Name and Description History:
Poecilotheria striata Pocock, 1895
Poecilotheria striata Kirk, 1996
Poecilotheria striata Siliwal, Gupta & Molur, 2013

Old World – Arboreal
Size: 7”
Growth Rate: Fast
Natural Habitat: India, Mysuru
Housing Needs: Arboreal habitat. A vertical piece of bark or something to anchor webbing onto is suitable for this species. They also seem to appreciate silk/fabric faux leaves.
Temperament: Fast with strong venom. This is less aggressive than most others in the genus, but we still recommend them to experienced keepers.
Diet: Crickets, mealworms, roaches


About: This striking arboreal species from India makes a great display tarantula. It has bold, striking markings on its carapace and abdomen, but once you look at its underside you might think it to be a different spider. Sporting bright yellow markings contrasted against black bands, the colors on this tarantula are most striking underneath. This species is now unfortunately described as vulnerable in it's natural habitat, due to habitat fragmentation.