Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Posted Sep 27, 2014
I have been keeping tarantulas for so long that I no longer have the ability to pick a favorite. I have a list of favorites, and this species is right up there with all of them. It is an absolutely stunning species with a great contrast between its cream body and blue legs. While still skittish and defensive like most Old World species, M balfouri is on the more docile end of the spectrum. If you can afford it, it makes a great starter Old World species. While still not a beginner's species, it is a good first baboon spider.
M balfouri is a burrowing species that will web heavily, so it is often not visible, but not to the extent that some of the more well-known "pet hole." Due to its burrowing and webbing, M balfouri is often very active, and when kept communally, you can observe the mother feeding her young.
If you have any interest in Old World species, M balfouri is right at the top of my list of "have to have" spiders.