Other common names: Straighthorned Baboon Tarantula
Scientific name: Ceratogyrus marshalli
The Straight Horned Baboon Tarantula is native to semi-arid scrublands in southern Africa.
Appearance / health:
Adults typically reach 4-5" in leg span. They are an overall grey coloration, with the typical black "baboon" starburst on the carapace and spotting on the abdomen. This species also has a distinct foveal "horn" that sticks straight up.
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.