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Orange Baboon Tarantula (Pterinochilus murinus)

This tarantula species is known for its variable colors caused by the soil differences in each region the spider is found in. This is a defensive spider and has got a reputation regarding it.

Scientific Classification

Orange Baboon Tarantula

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are 4-6 in (10.16-15.24 cm) long and males are 3-4 in (7.62-10.16 cm).

Color: Mainly orange, with white bands in legs but the coloration differs as mentioned earlier

Other Characteristic Features: The abdomen exhibits a fishbone pattern while the carpace has an exact star-shaped outline.

Orange Baboon Tarantula Size

Eggs

Females produce egg sacs and eggs are laid and kept there until they hatch. Around 75-100 eggs are usually released.

Spiderlings

After around 5 weeks of egg laying, the spiderlings emerge and their growth is fast.

Orange Baboon Tarantula Sling

The Web

Since they live in burrows, they prefer to seal the opening with webs and with their maturity they start keeping one hole in the web that acts as exit.

Orange Baboon Tarantula Web

Are Orange Baboon Tarantula Poisonous

These spiders are not poisonous but they can bite as a defensive act. The bite is not detrimental but is said to be excruciatingly painful.

Orange Baboon Tarantula Habitat

Quick Facts

Other Names Mombasa golden starburst tarantula, orange bitey thing or OBT, Usambara baboon, and pterror
Distribution Eastern, Southern and Central Africa
Habitat Burrows
Web Type Tunnel shaped
Diet Grasshoppers, crickets, and sometimes mice
Lifespan Females: 15-20 years Males: 5-8 years
IUCN Conservation Status Not listed
Mombasa Golden Starburst Tarantula

Did You Know

  • Despite being so aggressive, this is a common pet option for experienced spider lovers.
  • The three color forms of the spider is categorized as such  – TCF or typical color form, DCF or dark color form, RCF  or red color form, and UMV or Usambara Mountain variant.
Usambara Baboon Tarantula

Image Credits: Thefridayspider.files.wordpress.com, I.pinimg.com, Arachnoboards.com, Photobucket.com, Deviantart.com, Mikebasictarantula.com

This tarantula species is known for its variable colors caused by the soil differences in each region the spider is found in. This is a defensive spider and has got a reputation regarding it.

Orange Baboon Tarantula

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are 4-6 in (10.16-15.24 cm) long and males are 3-4 in (7.62-10.16 cm).

Color: Mainly orange, with white bands in legs but the coloration differs as mentioned earlier

Other Characteristic Features: The abdomen exhibits a fishbone pattern while the carpace has an exact star-shaped outline.

Orange Baboon Tarantula Size

Eggs

Females produce egg sacs and eggs are laid and kept there until they hatch. Around 75-100 eggs are usually released.

Spiderlings

After around 5 weeks of egg laying, the spiderlings emerge and their growth is fast.

Orange Baboon Tarantula Sling

The Web

Since they live in burrows, they prefer to seal the opening with webs and with their maturity they start keeping one hole in the web that acts as exit.

Orange Baboon Tarantula Web

Are Orange Baboon Tarantula Poisonous

These spiders are not poisonous but they can bite as a defensive act. The bite is not detrimental but is said to be excruciatingly painful.

Orange Baboon Tarantula Habitat

Quick Facts

Other Names Mombasa golden starburst tarantula, orange bitey thing or OBT, Usambara baboon, and pterror
Distribution Eastern, Southern and Central Africa
Habitat Burrows
Web Type Tunnel shaped
Diet Grasshoppers, crickets, and sometimes mice
Lifespan Females: 15-20 years Males: 5-8 years
IUCN Conservation Status Not listed
Mombasa Golden Starburst Tarantula

Did You Know

  • Despite being so aggressive, this is a common pet option for experienced spider lovers.
  • The three color forms of the spider is categorized as such  – TCF or typical color form, DCF or dark color form, RCF  or red color form, and UMV or Usambara Mountain variant.
Usambara Baboon Tarantula

Image Credits: Thefridayspider.files.wordpress.com, I.pinimg.com, Arachnoboards.com, Photobucket.com, Deviantart.com, Mikebasictarantula.com

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