Other common names: Blue Foot Baboon Tarantula; South African Blue Footed Trapdoor Baboon
Scientific name: Idiothele mira
The Blue Footed Baboon Tarantula is a terrestrial species which is native to South Africa.
Appearance / health:
3" DLS (diagonal leg span).
Behavior / temperament:
This is a small and unique baboon species. They construct a trap door style burrow for catching prey. They are fast and skittish, but not unusually defensive, especially for an old world species.
Small to medium terrestrial enclosure with ample substrate in which to burrow. Very easy to care for. These prefer a mostly dry environment, and prefer to construct elaborate burrows, so adequate substrate is a must.
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, mealworms.
Easy to breed
For those that love the "baboons" of the tarantula world, this little one is a must have.
I. mira are semi-dwarf in size (adult females only get to be 3-4" or so at most), but the colors on these guys are outstanding. Overall golden, with the black starburst pattern on the carapace, and very striking blue "socks" on all 8 legs and pedipalps.
Another neat thing about these guys is the way they hunt and burrow. Even though they're not in the family of trap door spiders, they make a trap door!
Care is easy, as with most baboons. They like it dry - just a little moisture from the water dish will do. Once they make their burrow/trap door, all you need to do is add a prey item or two and watch the fun. The only downside is that if you want a spider that you can view 24/7 - this is not that spider. Once they make that burrow, most of the time, all you're going to see are toes. But they're pretty blue toes, so that makes it worth it. ;).
From HeartlandInvert Aug 20 2014 5:34PM