True to its common name, the Golden Blue Legged Baboon (Harpactira pulchripes) has a distinct appearance with a golden carapace and belly with subtle brown markings similar to other baboon species, but what truly distinguishes them are their blue legs. It’s easy to understand why they’re so desirable; this is a stunning tarantula to see, with a 5inch leg span when grown.
Despite its reputation for being calm, this is still an Old World tarantula species that, if provoked, could administer a nasty bite. Even calmer Old World species are capable of amazing bursts of speed and impressive threat displays, two events that would give the average beginner nightmares
Golden Blue Legged Baboon will do well in an enclosure that is 2.5 to 5 gallons tank in size. Giving them additional area won’t harm, so anything about 10 gallons with some ornamental flora and a proper hide should suffice. Although many older specimens may not burrow as much as younger ones, provide them with several inches of substrate to offer them the opportunity.
However, if you must use additional décor, use a natural tree barks or skulls. Although Golden Blue Leg Baboons are burrowers, they frequently emerge at night to explore the cage. An adult may become a very prolific webber, covering the majority of her substrate and hide with a thick blanket of white.
Golden Blue Leg Baboon are Old World tarantulas found in the Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) area of South Africa’s Eastern Cape region. This location has a temperate climate, with reasonably warm weather throughout year, with high temperatures reaching 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the warmest month and lows around 59 degrees Fahrenheit.
There is no need for additional heating because the room temperature is more than adequate. If the Golden Blue Leg Baboon does not settle well, a modest low-wattage heat mat connected to a thermostat can be employed. Naturally, their temperatures range from 50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, while they have been found to survive temperatures as high as 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Golden Blue Legged Baboon appreciate some substrate to burrow in as a fossorial species. When disturbed, slings that have established dens are considerably more likely to retire to their dens rather than dart out of the enclosure. Coco fiber, peat, topsoil, or a combination of the three are all viable substrates. Some people even add vermiculite or sand to their concoctions.
Despite its fluffy texture when dry, coco fiber can be useful for burrowing tarantulas. As the spiders dig, they reinforce the walls of their burrows with webbing, preventing the tunnels from collapsing.
Simply use a small water bowl and overfill it when providing water to create humidity. Spraying one side of the enclosure is more than adequate for spiderlings because they will consume the water droplets. Humidity levels should remain between 50 and 60 percent.
Food and Water
Tarantulas are hunters that require live prey to survive. Adults can eat crickets and other large insects that are pesticide-free. Adult tarantulas eat once or twice a week, whereas juvenile spiders can be fed more frequently. While these tarantulas can consume a large number of insects, they may also go for extended periods without feeding.
Feeding them appropriately also entails maintaining pet crickets beside your spider and feeding them a diet that maximizes your pet’s nutrient intake. Some keepers propose feeding a full-grown spider a pinky mouse every now and again, although the calcium in the mammal’s bones may outweigh the spider’s dietary requirements. As a result, supplementing with this food source in captivity is not advised.
Provide a flat ceramic pan of clean, clear, and chlorine-free water; avoid deeper dishes as they create a drowning hazard for tarantulas. However, take care to avoid spills when refreshing it, as this species will become stressed if their tank substrate is wet.
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