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Oct 20, 2011 12:31 PM

Tarantula in the house

I live in Sri Lanka in Kandy

and found this spider in the bathroom Saturday.

It is about the size of a streched male hand .

Maybe an Ornamental variety but they are supposed to live in trees :-))

Can anyone advise the type and how to handle it.

The local people just want to e nd it's life

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    Oct 20, 2011 1:15 PM (in response to Keith S)
    Re: Tarantula in the house

    Hello there.

      This is Poecilotheria fasciata The Sri Lankan Ornamental Tarantula. They are certainly an arboreal species as adults but I think the clue here is that this one is a male and is probably wandering about looking for a mate. These spiders should be handled carefully as they are fast and quite aggresive although not very venomous.

    Best wishes Lewis

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    Oct 20, 2011 1:42 PM (in response to Keith S)
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    It certainly looks like a Poecilotheria species (there are several in Sri Lanka) but, from what I read on the web, whilst they do normally live in trees they will occasionally burrow. See (for example) -

    http://arachnophiliac.info/burrow/caresheets/poecilotheria_fasciata.htm

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    Mar 15, 2013 2:51 PM (in response to Keith S)
    Re: Tarantula in the house

    Hallo,

    I saw the picture. This spider species is Poecilotheria smithi, which is occuring in Kandy, especially the Haragama Area, which is 8 km away from the city. This species is extremely endangered and rare. Any new sighting would be great for our spider research of Indian and Sri Lankan species. Kindly check also our website: www.poecilotheria.com. Many greetings, Thorsten Kroes

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