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Poecilotheria

The spider genus is a group of big tarantulas and some of them are already facing the existence threat due to rampant habitat loss. Some species of this group are kept as pet as well.

Poecilotheria Spider

Spider Belonging to this Genus

Gooty Sapphire Tarantula (Poecilotheria metallica)  

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are 2.3 -3.1 in (6-8 cm) while males are 1.1-23 in (3-6 cm).

Color: From royal blue to black, gray to brown, such shades are common on species of this genus.

Other Characteristic Features: They usually have a long leg span.

Eggs

Eggs are laid inside a small sac.

Spiderlings

Spiderlings do not stay with their mother for the rest of their life, rather, after a few days of gap, they disperse.

The Web

These spiders are not the one making web for entrapping insects. Instead, they chase their prey with speed.

Are Spiders of Poecilotheria Venomous

Some of the species is extremely dangerous with venom that can kill people.

Quick Facts

Other Names Ornamental tarantulas
Distribution India and Sri Lanka
Habitat Trees
Diet Bats, larvae, Insects, and small birds
Lifespan 10-12 years

Did You Know

  • Albertus Seba, the Dutch zoologist, first described this genus in 1734.

Image Credits: allpetsdirectory.com

The spider genus is a group of big tarantulas and some of them are already facing the existence threat due to rampant habitat loss. Some species of this group are kept as pet as well.

Poecilotheria Spider

Spider Belonging to this Genus

Gooty Sapphire Tarantula (Poecilotheria metallica)  

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are 2.3 -3.1 in (6-8 cm) while males are 1.1-23 in (3-6 cm).

Color: From royal blue to black, gray to brown, such shades are common on species of this genus.

Other Characteristic Features: They usually have a long leg span.

Eggs

Eggs are laid inside a small sac.

Spiderlings

Spiderlings do not stay with their mother for the rest of their life, rather, after a few days of gap, they disperse.

The Web

These spiders are not the one making web for entrapping insects. Instead, they chase their prey with speed.

Are Spiders of Poecilotheria Venomous

Some of the species is extremely dangerous with venom that can kill people.

Quick Facts

Other Names Ornamental tarantulas
Distribution India and Sri Lanka
Habitat Trees
Diet Bats, larvae, Insects, and small birds
Lifespan 10-12 years

Did You Know

  • Albertus Seba, the Dutch zoologist, first described this genus in 1734.

Image Credits: allpetsdirectory.com

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