Category Archives: Poecilotheria Subfusca

Ivory Ornamental [013] Update

She molted in January, and I neglected to note the date. Since then, she is more likely to throw a scary-fast threat posture at disturbances, and I haven’t been able to get a good measurement from her. I think it’s safe to say she still hasn’t hit the 5 inch mark. Her growth has really slowed. Read More →

Ivory Ornamental [013] July 2014 Monthly Update

She’s fattening up since her last molt and looking good. Still my favorite. =) New photos! Read More →

Ivory Ornamental [013] June 2014 Monthly Update

She’s grown to 4.5″ already, though she doesn’t look it; She’s all leg. Still my favorite. Read More →

Tarantula Profile: Poecilotheria sp.

Maximum Size

  • Females can reach up to 20 – 23 cm / 8 – 10 inches.
  • Fast growth rate, males mature in 1.5 – 2 years.


  • Somewhat Reclusive


  • Defensive or quick to flee, but generally mild mannered if unprovoked.


  • Old World Arboreal, but juveniles remain close to the ground, burrow, and add substrate to hides of their own construction.
  • Most species thrive at warmer temperatures, but tolerates domestic climates. P. rufilata, P. smithi, and P. subfusca do best when kept without (or with minimal) supplemental heating, at room temperature.
  • Thrives with light to moderate humidity, substrate should not be kept bone-dry. P. fasciata and P. regalis are from dry climates and are more tolerant.

Hide Construction

  • Adults prefer to hide in a space where they can rest vertically on a surface, so provide upright hiding places where they can retreat from light. Juveniles will remain less visible, hiding themselves in a dirt covered web, sometimes below the substrate. A shorter piece of cork bark at a less than upright angle is perfect.

(Last reviewed March 2014)

Ivory Ornamental [013] Feb2014 Monthly Update

The cats have knocked over her enclosure several times the last month. It seems to have settled now and hasn’t changed for a while. The new “arrangement” courtesy of Murp allows for better viewing and the spider seems unaffected by the disturbances. From ventral viewing, I suspect she is a female. No Poeci “dot” to indicate a male, and she has a pronounced, curved gap where spermathecae would be present internally. I am thrilled. This is one of the species I really wanted a female in, whereas most others I am content to oversee the maturation process regardless of gender.

She runs around quite a bit at disturbances, but usually ends up in one of two places: either hunkered down in the bottom corner in a shallow tunnel, or at the top lip of her home awaiting crickets. She is really gorgeous, which I can’t get over. I didn’t think I’d be so entranced by her markings, but they are mesmerizing.

Waiting for a cricket at the edge of her hide.

Acquired: Ivory Ornamental [013]

My third ornamental, I brought home a Poecilotheria subfusca December 17, 2013 along with the others I ordered through Jurassic Pets (Lakewood, CO).

At 1.75 inches, she is skittish unless given something to hide in, just like the other Poecs.

Molt(1): January 12, 2014
2 inches, slightly more vivid in color. She is the most visually interesting T in my collection. 

She has settled nicely into her enclosure. I propped up a curved climbable cocofiber retreat against the back wall of her deli and she rarely comes out. This setup seems to be more appealing than a completely round tunnel hide made of the cocofiber material I have provided for my other arboreals.