INDIAN ORNAMENTAL TREE SPIDER
This beautiful spider, the Ornamental Tree Spider or Indian Ornamental is found in India. This is a somewhat elongated species. Males average about a 7” (18 cm) leg span with females reaching up to 9” (22cm). They are gray overall with a wonderful, complex pattern of white and black stripes and chevrons. Both males and females boast a warning coloration of bright yellow spots under the first pairs of legs. These spots are flashed when the spider raises its legs in a defense posture.
Mature males are slender and long-legged compared to females. After reaching maturity, a females life span is about 8 years with the male living only about 3 years.
Though Poecilotheria species seem to prefer flying insects such as moths, they will feed eagerly on crickets, grasshoppers, and large specimens will even feed on an occasional small mouse.
This species is very aggressive / defensive and should not be handled under any circumstances. The bite can be medically significant for some people.
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