Ornithoctonus aureotibialis (Thai Golden Fringe) 0.75" | 3" PAIR
Ornithoctonus aureotibialis (Thai Golden Fringe) 0.75" | 3" PAIR

Ornithoctonus aureotibialis (Thai Golden Fringe) 0.75" | 3" PAIR

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Coming from Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia, the Ornithoctinus aureotibialis (Thai Golden Fringe) is an Old World fossorial species. Velvety black femurs and carapace along with its beautifully colored abdomen makes this species look like a cuddly teddy bear. This species may spend a lot of its time in its carefully constructed burrows, but when it is on display the vibrancy of the colors really make this tarantula stand out. Cuddle at your own risk.

Husbandry Recommendations 0.75"

This is a fossorial spider, so it will require an enclosure which offers more vertical space than floor space. The rule-of-thumb for the height of the enclosure is 3-4x leg span minimum. We recommend this spider be housed in the Spider Haus 3x3x6". This would be a suitable enclosure for several months up to a year.  As the spider grows, consider taller/deeper enclosures that are top-opening. They will need room to burrow and cross ventilation is not necessary. Juveniles and adults would do well in Spider Haus 'Haplotanks' which were designed specifically for fossorial spiders. Fossorial spiders will burrow, and need more depth of substrate. So, fill up the enclosure 2/3 - 3/4 full. Our choice of substrate is a unique blend of coco and other organic materials - Hunter's Premium Substrate. This substrate will retain humidity, allow for sturdy burrows, and resist mold or fungal growth. Offering a cork bark flat can offer cover for the spider until it begins to burrow. Finalize the enclosure by adding Sphagnum Moss, Mixed Leaf Litter, or Magnolia Leaves for aesthetic. Some fossorial spiders build intricate turrets. They will use the organic material available to them to do so. 

We anticipate a necessary level of moisture in the substrate for this species. Soaking a corner once a week should be sufficient. You can alternate corners. The substrate should never be fully dried out. However, we also want to avoid sopping wet substrate or standing water. 

Common tools which would be helpful in caring for this spider include tweezers. These are used for feeding, cleaning, and rearranging the enclosure if needed. Another useful tool is a Mister. This allows for controlled and purposeful watering. 

Our suggestion for feeders is small crickets. At this size, this spider will eat a cricket up to 0.5", which is about 3-4 weeks old. Other small insect feeders also work - red runners, dubia roach, mealworms (smash the heads first). 


Husbandry Recommendations 2"+

This is a fossorial spider, so it will require an enclosure which offers more vertical space than floor space. The rule-of-thumb for the height of the enclosure is 3-4x leg span minimum. We recommend this spider be housed in the Spider Haus 'Haplotank'. They will need room to burrow and cross ventilation is not necessary. Fossorial spiders will burrow, and need more depth of substrate. So, fill up the enclosure 2/3 - 3/4 full. Our choice of substrate is a unique blend of coco and other organic materials - Hunter's Premium Substrate. This substrate will retain humidity, allow for sturdy burrows, and resist mold or fungal growth. Offering a cork bark flat can offer cover for the spider until it begins to burrow. Finalize the enclosure by adding Sphagnum Moss, Mixed Leaf Litter, or Magnolia Leaves for aesthetic. Some fossorial spiders build intricate turrets. They will use the organic material available to them to do so. 

We anticipate a necessary level of moisture in the substrate for this species. Soak the substrate from the bottom-up by putting the haplotank in standing water. Water will wick up into the substrate from the bottom ventilation, offering the spider a natural bottom-up moisture gradient. Allowing excess water to drain will complete the process. The substrate should never be fully dried out. From others experience, this soaking is only required twice per year. 

Common tools which would be helpful in caring for this spider include tweezers. These are used for feeding, cleaning, and rearranging the enclosure if needed. Another useful tool is a Mister. This allows for controlled and purposeful watering. 

Our suggestion for feeders is large crickets. Other large insect feeders also work - red runners, dubia roach, mealworms (smash the heads first). 

 


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