The much-loved “Orange Bitey Thing” (abbreviated OBT) is the stuff of legends. A fiery orange tarantula with a stern behavior! This tarantula, also known as the Usambara Orange Baboon Spider (Pterinochilus murinus), is one of the smaller species, reaching only 5′′ in length. With its lightning-fast movements and proclivity to attack anything that comes near them, this is a species that is best suited to the more experienced tarantula keeper.
First and foremost, there is good news. As small spiders that favor dry surroundings, the OBT has fewer unique care requirements than some other tarantula species. A medium-sized, well-ventilated container is most likely the best option. Having said that, tremendous care must be taken in the realities of caring for an aggressive and fast-moving species like this.
An Orange Bitey Thing charging at you at the speed of light, on the other hand, is hardly going to end well. This is not a species you want to loose about your house and risk discovering in the middle of the night! Top-opening cages are therefore the finest tanks for them. For routine maintenance, the lid can be gently shifted to one side, enabling the majority of the top to stay covered. Clear plastic containers with ventilation holes punched in the sides are commonly employed in this species, as glossy plastic appears to be tougher to scale than glass.
As heavily-webbing spiders, there is little point trying to design an attractive naturalistic tank for Orange Bitey Things all too soon the cage will be upended, and web will be everywhere.
They are a tough, easy-to-care-for tarantula. Keep these tarantulas at room temperature between 68 to 74°F. To make this easy, if you’re comfortable with the heat, they also be comfortable too. Their habitat ranges from 65°F in the extreme south to 80° to 82°F along the coast during the hot season. The central Zambezi Valley is the hottest region, with typical summer temperatures of 32°C (90°F).
You may use three inches in a vial, deli cup for spiderlings, and four inches in a terrarium for sub-adult to adult Orange Baboon tarantulas. For firmness, use a mixture of peat moss, vermiculite, coconut fiber, and dirt as the substrate. Make sure the coconut fiber is organically inserted (so it doesn’t harbor any unpleasant parasites or bacteria) and that it does a fantastic job of regulating humidity.
These spiders may enjoy a lower humidity level than many tarantulas, but they must always have fresh water available to drink. A shallow dish that is cleaned and replenished on a regular basis should be provided. However, be mindful that since the Orange Bitey Thing creates enormous amounts of web, the water bowl may soon become engulfed.
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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