Other common names: Burst Horned Baboon Tarantula; Straight Horned Tarantula
Scientific name: Ceratogyrus darlingi
The African Rear Horned Baboon Tarantula is a terrestrial species which is found in southern Africa, mainly Botswana and Lesotho.
Appearance / health:
5" DLS (diagonal leg span) for females, 3.5" DLS for mature males. These animals are an overall ashy grey in appearance, with a black starburst pattern on the carapace and a large "horn" that protrudes from their fovea in the center of their carapace.
Behavior / temperament:
Shy, skittish and defensive. Will readily rear up in threat display and/or bite if provoked. These have medically significant venom and should not be handled.
Medium terrestrial enclosure with ample substrate in which to burrow.
Fairly easy to care for. These prefer somewhat dry conditions (low humidity). A water dish and ample substrate should be provided to allow the animals to burrow.
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, mealworms.
Easy to breed, though females tend to cannibalize males with little to no warning.
horn, unique species
handling, medically significant venom
A very unique species of tarantula with a rear facing "horn" on the carapace. Overall dark coloration, loves to burrow. Fairly mild mannered for a "baboon" species, but still not one for handling as it does possess medically significant venom and is defensive in nature..
From HeartlandInvert Jul 11 2014 4:36PM
Tarantulas are cold, arrogant, and unfeeling.
My first encounter with tarantulas, or baboon spiders as we called them, was in the early 1980's, during my military service in Northern Namibia. My first impression was that they were actively pursuing us, and we should all be killed by spider venom in our beds. The truth however, turned out to be somewhat less melodratic: all the huge spides wanted was to stay in our shade, because if you stood still, they would congregate in your shade. I don't know if the way they waved their front legs was a way to thank us for providing shade, or if the leg waving was some sort of communcation between themselves.
At any rate, as soon as we moved off, the spiders would run after us, and congregate in our shade again. They gave me the creeps then and after I left Namibia some years later, I hoped never to see one again. But that was not to be.
In 2005, my neigbour passed away, and his wife asked me to take over his collection of 15 or so baboon spiders, since as she claimed quite erroneously, that I knew everything about anything that ever lived. This must be because she once saw my rather big fossil collection, and one of them was of a spider that died before the dinosuars lived.
My efforts with the big, living spiders were not successful though. I still found them to be creepy, and especially so when they fixed their(several) beady eyes on me. I can honestly say that I tried my best with them- I spent a lot of time and effort on giving them the perfect conditions and food, but I could just never bond with them in the way one should bond with a pet, and I could for the life of me not see their attraction, or bring myself to handle them.
Based on my experience with spiders, I will certainly not keep them again. I think they require a special kind of person: one that will not think of them as cold, arrogant, and unfeeling. I prefer my pets to respond to me, which is something the spiders never did, or could do. I eventually gave them to a collector, and I must admit, even now, that I was gad to see them go. I am just not a spider person..
From reinier1 Mar 31 2015 9:47AM