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Country of Origin: India - Andra Pradesh
The Metallic or Gooty Ornamental is an attractive species of tarantula, often a bright metallic blue, especially on the legs. They belong to the genus of Ornamental spiders known as Poecilotheria. Poecilotheria, roughly translated from Greek means Colourful Beast.
Metallic Ornamentals are native to the Andra Pradesh forest in Southern India where they inhabit deciduous forests. They are an arboreal species of tarantula and typically live in holes of tall trees, where they make asymmetrical funnel webs. Their habitat is severely degraded due to lopping of firewood and cutting for timber and their range is now restricted to less than 100Km sq.>
Ornamental spiders are also sometimes referred to as Parachute spiders. This is due to a unique behaviour that has been observed numerous times in the wild. When a male parachute spider is alarmed it may jump out of its tree and sail like a leaf to the ground, where it will be well camouflaged in leaf litter.
Like other Ornamentals, they are brave and defensive specie and have sizeable fangs. Their venom is regarded as some of the most potent of tarantula species and though no deaths have been recorded, the bite is known for being extremely painful and may cause temporary localized paralysis. A report of a Poecilotheria bite can be found here.
As such, this species (and genus) should be reserved for advanced tarantula keepers only.
Age/Size: SMALL / 3CM
Salamandra salamandra terrestris