Indian Ornamental Tarantula

Indian Ornamental Tarantula Poecilotheria regalis

Type of Animal:

Forests, trees, tree holes, crevices, tree nooks/crannies


Gray to gray-brown bodied tarantula w/ black & white stripe & chevron pattern, bright yellow areas on undersides of front legs, females larger than males, males have thinner legs, fractal-like pattern on abdomen

Insects, insect larvae, other spiders (including each other), scorpions, centipedes, small frogs, lizards, small snakes, small rodents

Status in Wild:

Breeding from zoos, pet trade, & breeders 

Solitary, though spiderlings sometimes live together

Additional Info:

Young: Spiderling
Group: Solitary

Male: 1-2 oz
Female: 2-3 oz

9 weeks

Life Span:
Males: 2-4 years
Females: 12-15 years

Body Length:
Male: 2.7 in
Female: 3 in

Main predators are other tarantulas (females often prey on smaller males), birds, omnivorous/carnivorous mammals, lizards, snakes, & spider wasps.

Female’s legspan is 9 in, male’s is 7 in.

These tarantulas spend much of their time in trees. 

Also called Indian Ornamental Tree Spider, King Parachute Spider, & Regal Parachute Spider.

These tarantulas very shy in the wild.

Males make webs, depositing sperm on surface. Males use pedipalps (short leg-like structures near mouth) in mating. After mating, female seals sperm/eggs in cocoon-like structure, which she protects. After about 9 weeks, 500-1,000 spiderlings hatch. Females often eat males after mating.

These tarantulas are quite quick.

Males have shorter lifespans due to smaller size & predation by females. Males occasionally breed more than once.

Males sexually mature at 10 months, females at 1 years old.

These spiders grow quite fast.

Catch flying insects by seizing them in flight & paralyzing them.

All prey is caught by paralyzing it w/ venom.

Fun Fact(s):
These spiders popular among tarantula enthusiasts, though they’re typically not suitable for beginners.

These tarantulas often highly defensive, flashing yellow area on undersides of front legs. If posturing doesn’t work, they’ll readily bite w/ fangs, which can cause puncture wounds.

Bites from this species often very painful, sometimes needing hospitalization. Occasionally, severe muscle spasms may occur.

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