Poecilotheria fasciata (Sri-Lanka Ornamental)

Old World Arboreal Tarantula

Not a beginner tarantula



  • This Pokie species has a ghostly appearance with beautiful markings and potent venom.

  • The legs underside is bright lemon yellow.

  • It is reported that the toxin from this tarantula is stronger than most tarantulas. Because of its speed, and toxin, this species is not recommended as a beginner tarantula. 


  • Ideal temperature 25.5°-27.8°C and the humidity at 65%-75%.

  • The substrate in the terrarium is kept moist; mist once a week, and monthly I wet the substrate, than allow it to dry out completely.


  • This is a arboreal tarantula. As spiderling or juvenile, I put a twig in the vial so it may climb.

  • When they reach 7cm housed them in their permanent enclosures.

  • They should be given a vertical branch or cork to climb upon.

  • Their enclosure should be taller than longer. 


  • A 25cm vertical bark leaned against the cage. 

Food Consumption:

  • Feed slings twice a week.

  • Feed adults once a week.

  • Food size should be the size of the carapace. 

Water Requirements: 

  • Glued a small bottle cap to the bark that is leaning against the cage for water and mist.

Growth Rate: 

  • This is a fast growing tarantula. 

  • Adult leg span 25cm


  • This is a very fast moving spider.

  • It is not what I would consider a defensive tarantula, but will probably bite if provoked.


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