A medium-size tarantula from the Himalayan foothills of northern India, Haplocosmia himalayana, with brightly contrasting leg bands, is a delight to keep. Captive H. himalayana does well at room temperature. Given possibly medically significant venom, recommended for experienced hobbyists.
Haplocosmia himalayana is native to northern India (Republic of India). It lives at higher elevations along the southern edge of the Himalayan foothills. The type locality is Dehradun at 1500 ft. H. himalayana is also found near Kasauli and Dalhousie, at 6600 ft. and 6000 ft. (see below, left).
Climate here is temperate, and though it snows in winter, temperatures are not extreme. A Dehradun view shows forest habitat as does Dalhousie Hill Station. Dalhousie average temperature on winter nights is 4C (39F). June is the warmest month, with an average temperature of 22.5C (72.5F), peaking at 27.4C (81.3F). The heaviest rains occur in July and August.
H. himalayana females reach about 4″. Males mature smaller. The species demonstrates good appetite and moderately fast growth. As with other Old World tarantulas, be careful around H. himalayana. Keep hands and fingers away. We recommend H. himalayana for experienced keepers.
The first photo above shows an adult female. The second photo, courtesy Sven Köppler, shows a mother with spiderlings.
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