Poecilotheria hanumavilasumica
– Rameshwaram Ornamental


Common Names: Rameshwaram Ornamental | Rameshwaram Parachute Spider

Adult Size: 16cm to 18cm

Type: Old World, Arboreal

Growth Rate: Medium to Fast

Temperament:  Not for beginners. Defensive and aggressive if provoked.

Lifespan: Females (10 to 12 years) | Males (2 to 3 years)

Origin: island of Rameshwaram / Ramanthapuram district, Southern India

Recommended Climate: 22-24°C (Winter), 26-28°C (Summer)

Recommended Humidity: 70-80%

Basic Enclosure Requirements: Arboreal setup with 10cm to 15cm of substrate, a vertical shelter like hollow cork bark or bamboo and a customary water dish.

Photo Credit: Danny de Bruyne

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Scientific Name: Poecilotheria hanumavilasumica

Common Names: Rameshwaram ornamental

Poecilotheria hanumavilasumica (Smith, 2004), is another gorgeous but very recently discovered species of the Poecilotheria genus and is considered critically endangered in it’s country of origin, India. Poecilotheria hanumavilasumica looks very similar to Poecilotheria fasciata, but differing markings and patterns on the underside of the body and legs separate the two on further inspection.

Husbandry notes for Poecilotheria are pretty similar. They’re very fast from sling to adult and will grow quickly in to a large and gorgeous arboreal ornamental spider. Their venom is significantly potent and although not necessarily an aggressive, they can be very defensive and will gladly deliver a nasty bite if provoked or if given the right reasons. Bites from Poecilotheria are very painful due to the size of the fangs on an adult specimen, as well as from the “dipping my arm in boiling oil” painful and potent venom. A serious bite could result in hospitalization for a careless or unlucky keeper.


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