Ornithoctonus aureotibialis
-Thailand golden fringe

(Previously: Haplopelma sp. aureopilosum)

Common names: Thailand Golden Fringe

Adult Size: 14 to 15cm

Type: Old Word, Fossorial/Burrower.

Growth Rate: Slow/Medium

Temperament: Defensive

Lifespan: Females (14 to 15 years) | Males (3 to 4 years)

Origin: Thailand / Myanmar

Recommended Climate: 25-28°C (Summer), 20-24°C (Winter)

Recommended Humidity: 70-90%

Basic Enclosure Requirements: Fossorial but the spider will build a vertical access path to it’s underground burrow so some height is useful. The enclosure must have deep substrate for burrowing but also vertical structure of any kind as these tarantulas tend to create tubular access paths to their hides. Don’t forget the customary water dish.

Photo Credit: Chase Campbell, (CEC Arachnoboards)

Video Credit: Martin Hüsser, birdspidersCH

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Scientific Name: Ornithoctonus aureotibialis

Common names: Thailand golden fringe

An extremely timid Earth Tiger, the Thai Golden Fringe is shy and usually visible at night but will bolt for cover at the first disturbance. The golden fringe is rarely visible during the day and will only emerge at night in the hope of catching unsuspecting prey items wondering past the burrow. When they do emerge however, you will be spoiled to a very beautiful tarantula, with legs that are dark on the upper side, but a “golden” color on the underside. The carapace is dark but lightens up as the specimen gets older and one can expect to see the known ribbed “tiger” patterns on the abdomen as they grow.

As described in the care sheet above, they are fossorial and require deep substrate within to create their burrows, but if you have the space also provide some vertical clearance for all their webbing needs as some tend to web external tunnels that lead to their main underground tunnel. They remain a feisty Old World and defensive bird spider and they will gladly display a threat pose and launch attacks to bite if constantly provoked, so definitely a tarantula that is not recommended for beginner hobbyists.

Another truly “exotic” specimen, the Thai Golden Fringe is a beauty for your collection if you can get your hands on them.