Newly Hatched INDIAN ORNAMENTAL TREE SPIDER
Poecilotheria regalis is one of the most popular arboreal tarantulas. Their legspan sometimes exceeding 7 inches (18 cm)
The name Poecilotheria is derived from Greek “poikilos” - spotted and “therion” - wild beast. Regalis refers to “royal”. This whole genus of arboreal tarantulas exhibits an intricate fractal-like pattern on the abdomen. The spider’s natural habitat is primarily Southeastern India. The common name for this spider is Indian Ornamental Tree Spider, or simply Indian Ornamental.
The P. regalis’ behavior parallels that of many arboreal spiders. In the wild the P. regalis 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.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poecilotheria_regalis
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