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Socotra Island Blue Baboon Tarantula

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Scientific name: Monocentropus balfouri

The basics:
The Socotra Island Blue Baboon Tarantula is native to the island of Socotra, which is found in the Indian Ocean about 150 miles (240 K.) east of the Horn of Africa.

Appearance / health:
4.5-5" DLS (diagonal leg span). This species is an overall tan color, with bright blue legs and an aqua colored carapace. Mature males are almost all a deep shade of blue, with very little tan coming through.

Behavior / temperament:
This is a truely communal species. Multiple animals will live together in harmony, and assist in caring for one another as well as hunt together. They also do well as solo captives, but the young cannot be taken from their mother and siblings too early, or they risk perishing.

Housing:
Medium to large terrestrial enclosure with ample substrate in which to burrow. Moderately easy to care for. These prefer moderate humidity, and ample burrowing room.

Diet:
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, mealworms.

Breeding:
Difficult, even for experienced breeders. It should be noted that mothers in this species actively care for the young they hatch, and high mortality rates in spiderlings have been witnessed by those hobbyists that take the eggsacs or young from the mothers before the babies reach 3rd instar or greater.

wonderful

crown jewels, downright fascinating, striking contrast, absolutely stunning species, blue legs

challenging

medically significant venom

interesting

burrowing, average sized tarantula

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