Name: Fringed Ornamental Tarantula (Poecilotheria ornata)
Other name: ornate tiger spider
Conservation Status: Endangered (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific Classification and Taxonomy:
Distribution: Endemic to Sri Lanka.
Behavior: The P. ornata behavior parallels that of many arboreal spiders. In the wild the P. ornata live in holes of tall trees where they make asymmetric funnel webs. Their primary prey consists of various flying insects, which they catch manually (not in a web) and paralyze. It is not unknown for the spiders of this genus to live communally when territory, i.e. number of holes per tree, is limited.
Venom: Although there has never been a recorded death from any tarantula bite this species is considered to have a medically significant bite, with venom that may cause intense pain, and extreme muscle cramping judging from the experience of keepers bitten by this species. They move rapidly and, although they generally prefer flight to fight, may attack when cornered.
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