Other common names: Tawny Red Baboon, Rusty Red Baboon
Scientific name: Hysterocrates gigas
The Cameroon Red Baboon Tarantula is a terrestrial burrower originating from Africa - ranging from Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Guinea and Zaire. It is commonly found in burrows under tree roots and rocks in the tropical areas.
Appearance / health:
The Cameroon Red Baboon gets its name for the overall red color all over it’s body. Sometimes this color can be a more orange color as well. Color also will vary before and right after a molt, but will generally go back to the red or orange color. These tarantulas are fast growing and can reach and adult size of 6-7 inches.
Behavior / temperament:
This is best as a display tarantula. It is highly aggressive/hostile and will lunge at and try to eat anything that moves. Handling is not recommended, and should only be used when cleaning the tank and the tarantula needs to be moved. There bite has been noted to be very painful and potent. This is not a beginner species because of their highly aggressive and defensive nature.
Adults will live happily in a 10 gallon tank but larger tanks can be used. Spiderlings and younger tarantulas may be kept in clear plastic containers. Floor space and depth is more important than climbing height.
For this tropical tarantula to thrive, temps should be around 80-85F with humidity levels between 80-90%. Substrate should be potting soil, vermiculite, peat moss, or a mix and should be kept moist to help aid in the humidity as well as burrowing. The substrate should not be overly wet though, only enough so that it clumps together. The deeper the substrate is best and should be 4-8 inches deep or more. Mist the tank every day or every other day to also aid in keeping up the humidity. A wide shallow water dish may be provided but cleaned frequently.
This is a voracious eater, especially when young because they grow fast. Food items include crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers and other insects. Larger adult specimens may get a small mouse or pinkie mouse 1-2 times a month.
aggressive old world
deep burrowers, crazy appetite, substrate, prey fish, captive hatched spiderlings
"this African species is a very aggressive old world spider who has unique characteristics that not many tarantulas posses. this T has been found to "go fishing". if given a large water body of water these Ts have been known to swim in order to hunt there prey- fish! they do dig deep burrows and are not frequently seen, but are very interesting none the less. they have also been known to be a communal spider and have been documented grooming each other. i do not have any pictures for some reason, though am planning on getting a communal water setup with them in the future<br>."
From Spiderdan Feb 13 2010 9:45AM
"This is a super aggressive old world tarantula that is also large, solid and fast! The perfect combination for giving you a heart attack! Definitely not for the inexperienced or faint hearted, but if you fancy something a little bit different and with a crazy appetite then this could be for you.<br><br>They are deep burrowers, so provide a large amount of substrate. With 8 inches of substrate I find they create quite complicated tunnels across the entire enclosure, only coming to the surface for food (or anything else that moves, such as fingers!)<br><br>Care wise they are pretty simple to look after and seem to be very hardy. Whilst the majority are wild caught, quite a lot of females come into the pet trade gravid, which means there are often captive hatched spiderlings available.."
From Athravan Jun 16 2015 3:05AM