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Acquired: Breeder,
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Easy to keep






Heteroscodra maculata


United States

Posted Sep 08, 2014

This is a spider that definitely has some pros and cons. It is, unquestionably, one of the most striking baboons in the hobby, and is very commonly kept.

H. maculata are small to average sized, semi arboreal baboon spiders. They hail from Africa and have very potent, medically significant venom. Moreso than many other Old World species. While death has never been recorded from a H. maculata bite, hospitalization has been reported for severe muscle cramping, heart palpitations, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, etc. Care should be taken to NEVER handle these.

Due to their venom potency, these are not for children, households with young children or curious pets that could potentially come into contact with the tarantula, or anyone who does not have sufficient experience keeping tarantulas. They are very, very fast. The upside, is that they are also very shy. Though they have speed and potent venom, H. maculata would much rather run and hide than stand and fight, in my experience.

If left alone as a display animal, H. maculata is hit and miss - it's not as visible as most, but when it is out, it's patterning and coloration more than make up for when you don't see it. It is one of the few species with this unique cream/white contrasted with black. Females become more white as they age and grow.

This species is relatively hardy and easy to care for, but care should be taken with small slings as they can dehydrate quickly. Once they reach 1-2" in size, they're not as prone to this, and can be kept a little more dry. Provide babies with enough room in which to burrow as well. Adults prefer to option to burrow, but also have arboreal tendencies.

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