The eyes are clustered together on a raised part of the carapace (in common with all tarantulas). Change ). © Copyright Hoedspruit Reptile Centre 2019. Pterinochilus affinis (Tullgren, 1910), Pterinochilus brunellii (Caporiacco, 1940), Pterinochilus carnivorus (Strand, 1917), Pterinochilus raptor (Strand, 1906), Pterinochilus raveni (Smith, 1990), Pterinochilus sjostedti (Tullgren, 1910), and Pterinochilus widenmanni (Strand, 1906) = Pterinochilus chordatus [3], Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Symptom in search of a toxin: muscle spasms following bites by Old World tarantula spiders (Lampropelma nigerrimum, Pterinochilus murinus, Poecilotheria regalis) with review",, Articles lacking in-text citations from June 2013, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 6 October 2020, at 13:38. These large spiders are primitive spiders in the same group as Tarantulas. As a result, it is still important that keepers use care when feeding, rehousing, and performing maintenance with this species. Harpactirinae are ground-dwelling spiders which build silk-lined burrows, often under debris such as stones, using their fangs and chelicerae for digging. Photo Credit – Chase Campbell (CEC Arachnoboards). Like Liked by 1 person. In the cooler months, temps rise only to around 68F (20C) in the daytime and drop to 42 F (5.6 C) during the chillier evenings. Common Names: Golden Blue Leg Baboon | Golden Blue Leg | Blue Leg Baboon. Basic Enclosure Requirements: Fossorial setup with at least 4 x the size of the spider in horizontal space, 15cm to 20cm (or more) of substrate to allow for burrowing with the customary shelter and a water dish. The Harpactirinae (commonly called baboon spiders) are a subfamily of tarantulas which are native to the continent of Africa. This region experiences a temperate climate, with relatively warm weather all year round with high temps that reach 80 F (27 C) in the warmest month with lows of around 59F (15C). Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Although many older specimens may not burrow as much, be sure to give them several inches of substrate anyway to give them the option. Pterinochilus breyeri → Augacephalus breyeri Though they can kill small vertebrates (mice, small lizards, birds, snakes), these feeder animals are not commonly used in captive care. ( Log Out /  That the Golden Brown Baboon Spider lives in a hole that takes it between five to seven years to construct. The carapace has a star-shaped pattern, with a fishbone pattern present on the abdomen. There are many suitable enclosures available for juvenile spiders, including small critter keepers and the 2-quart clear Mainstay canisters sold at Walmart. Three other baboon spiders were seen on the same day, but none with such uniform and striking colouration of the abdomen and cephalothorax. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. Take care. Pterinochilus crassispinus and Pterinochilus nigrofulvus → Idiothele nigrofulva Eucratoscelus tenuitibialis (Schmidt & Gelling, 2000) → Pterinochilus lugardi, In synonymy: I would remoisten the dirt when I saw the darker band demarking the damp sub getting too low. , a striking gold bodied and metallic blue legged beauty, to be one of the hobby’s crown jewels, and this species still pops up on many wish lists. The bite of this species, while not serious, is extremely painful. Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review. The female excavates a burrow, or colonizes an existing burrow that has been abandoned. The H. pulchripes is a lightning-fast Old World species capable of delivering a very painful, possibly debilitating bite. Also, be sure that the enclosure is well ventilated. Over the years, there have been dozens of newly introduced tarantulas species that have caught the eyes of hobbyists with their undeniable beauty and the illusion of being a rarity in the hobby. They live in burrows which they line with silk and use to ambush insects and small reptiles, though some live in trees. In collaboration with local construction companies, housing estates, schools, farmers and the community at large the Hoedspruit Reptile Centre encourages interest and help from others. The following genera and species are present in the Harpactirinae. Thoroughly enjoyed this article and species description, Tom. Now, all of the mentions of its laid back temperament and ease of care likely have some folks asking the question, “Would this be a good beginner tarantula?” Unfortunately, the answer is no. It’s a good thing that they are more visible from this point on, too, as their juvenile colors are simply stunning. The H. pulchripes is sexual dimorphic, and the males tend to be much smaller and more leggy than their female counterparts with a much duller coloration. Rainfall ranges from about 3” (75 mm) in the wettest month and 1.3” (33mm) in the driest month. cancerides. Harpactirella flavipilosa (Lawrence, 1936) → Pterinochilus lugardi Norman I. Platnick: The World Spider Catalog, American Museum of Natural History. ). Not for beginners. A unique opportunity to learn while helping with conservation. This is what we call spiderfishing! 3-4cm) found in a silk lined tunnel under a large stone. Additionally, check to see if the spider has thick legs and hair all over its body. We still don’t regard baboon spiders as a good option for beginners. Brachionopus (Pocock, 1897) Copyright © MyMonsters (PTY) Ltd., All Right Reserved. Observation - Golden Baboon Spider - Southern Africa. Coco fiber, peat, topsoil, or a mixture of all or any of these three make suitable substrates. For more amazing footage of a mother with her slings, please check out the video “The most beautiful blue-legged tarantula in the wild with her babies – Harpactira pulchripes” by Tarantupedia. Full Name: Baboon Spider (Family Theraphosidae) Other Names: Bobbejaanspinnekop. Feel free to experiment with what works for you, but just be sure to keep ventilation holes small enough that they do not permit escape. I fed my slings one small roach or cricket twice a week, and all three were voracious eaters and excellent hunters.