Bengal Ornamental (2cm)
This beautiful ornamental tarantula is the calmest among its generally aggressive relatives. As with all Poecilotheria species it has motley colored legs and ornamental figures and patterns on the abdomen and carapace. This species is similar in colour to Poecilotheria regalis but is smaller in size and has a more overall white colouration. It also has white bands under the legs rather than yellow and freshly moulted specimens have a purple sheen on the legs and reddish setae on the abdomen.
Very little is known about this species natural history. This is one of the rarer and most sort after Poecilotheria species in the hobby and has only recently become available. It must be kept in an ample arboreal terrarium. A average humidity is needed and is best achieved by using a thick layer of substrate and occasional misting. As with many arboreal species it also important to make sure there is good ventilation.
All ornamental tarantulas are good display species and can often be found resting on the walls of the terrarium. Younger spiders prefer to hide and will sometimes dig burrows into the substrate. Spiderlings have a good appetite and grow rather quickly reaching maturity in two years.