Scientific name: Heterothele villosella
The Tanzanian Chestnut Baboon Tarantula is a terrestrial tarantula which is found throughout East Africa.
Appearance / health:
1.5 - 2" DLS (diagonal leg span), these spiders are an overall chestnut color with black markings.
Behavior / temperament:
This is one of a few species of tarantula that some hobbyists have been able to successfully keep communally, provided the enclosure is large enough, the prey supply ample, and hiding places abundant for individuals to claim their own territories. They are fast, skittish and defensive.
Small terrestrial enclosure with ample hiding spaces and enough substrate in which to burrow. Very easy to care for - these prefer mostly dry conditions (lower humidity), ample places to hide and retreat and enough substrate for multiple burrows.
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, flightless fruit flies.
Easy to breed
interesting display animal, truly unique animal, black coloration, crown jewel
web tunnels.The pricetag, relatively uncommon tarantula
This is another crown jewel for the baboon lover.
E. olivacea is still a relatively uncommon tarantula in the hobby, and is a beauty to behold. They're an average size spider, with striking gold and black coloration. They are fast and defensive, and possess medically significant venom, so care should be taken not to handle them.
Though their temperament doesn't lend itself to handling, these do make an interesting display animal, as they're intense webbers. Those that I've had will cover their entire enclosures from floor to ceiling with web tunnels.
The pricetag on these guys is a little high yet, but they're worth every penny. They are a truly unique animal, and though they're not for beginners, an experienced keeper will be well rewarded by having one or more of these in their collection..
From HeartlandInvert Sep 8 2014 3:53PM