Indian Ornamental (P.regalis)
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The Poecilotheria regalis, commonly known as the Indian Ornamental or simply "P. regalis. The Indian Ornamental showcases an array of vibrant colors, predominantly featuring a rich metallic blue sheen on its carapace, legs, and opisthosoma (abdomen). This iridescent blue hue is beautifully contrasted by intricate orange and yellow markings, creating a mesmerizing display. The contrast continues with its long, agile legs, adorned with dark bands and strikingly delicate golden hairs.
As an arboreal species, P. regalis is adapted for a life spent climbing trees and other vertical surfaces. It possesses strong, curved legs designed for gripping and a lightweight body structure that aids in agility and precision. This enables it to skillfully navigate its environment with remarkable speed and grace.
In terms of temperament, the Indian Ornamental is known to exhibit defensive behavior, characterized by a distinctive threat pose when provoked. It may lift its front legs, exposing its fangs and adopting a defensive stance, which adds to its allure for experienced tarantula enthusiasts seeking a challenge.
India and Sri Lanka
Sling- Sling box or 16oz deli cup
Juvenile - 4x7x7 enclosure
Sub-Adult - 6x6x9 enclosure, 2 ½ or 5 gallon tank
Adult - 8x8x12 enclosure or 10 gallon tank
Provide them with a cork bark hide, water dish, a little sphagnum moss (optional) and straight coco fiber. However a substrate like jungle mix or creature soil which is mainly peat moss, a little soil and a small amount of sand. Coco fiber works very well and is the least expensive.
Roaches, crickets and mealworms is our recommended foods. However, superworms are also acceptable when they reach adulthood.
75-85F, heating generally isn’t a concern with this species, and they do well at room temperature.
70%-80%, slings should stay on lightly moist substrate, adults should have a water dish and a corner of their enclosure that goes through a wet/dry cycle, moistening the substrate and then leaving it alone until it dries out.
Adults can reach up to 7"+ diagonal leg span.
3-12 years (Males 3-5 years, with females drastically outliving them at 12+ years)
We do not recommend keeping tarantulas as they will cannibalize each other. Its best to keep tarantulas in individual enclosures.
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