Harpactira cafreriana
-Cape Copper Baboon

WARNING: Illegal to keep in South Africa.

Adult Size: 10cm to 12cm

Growth Rate: Fast

Type: Old World, Terrestrial, Semi-Fossorial

Temperament: Defensive

Lifespan: Females (10 to 12 years) | Males (2 to 3 years)

Origin: South Africa

Recommended Climate: 26-28°C (Summer), 20-24°C (Winter)

Recommended Humidity: 60-70%.

Basic Enclosure Requirements: Terrestrial/Fossorial hybrid setup with lots of structure and at least 4 x the size of the spider in horizontal space, roughly 8 to 10cm of substrate and a water dish.

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Scientific Name: Harpactira cafreriana

Common Names: Cape Copper / Amber / Coastal – Baboon Spider

WARNING: Illegal to keep or own in South Africa.

Not for beginners. Another of South Africa’s diverse and beautiful baboon spiders, Harpactira cafreriana females have lovely black, dark amber and copper tones all over their bodies, with males displaying far more copper to gold coloration. Harpactira species are quite diverse in their size range and Harpactira cafreriana is not one of the largest. Slings from this species can be pretty small so pinhead crickets will be required to feed your spiderlings unless of course you are leaving them with mom for an extended period of time. 

The Cape Copper Baboon spider, also called the Coastal Baboon or Amber Baboon by hobbyists around the world, is not an obligate burrower and will use structure like driftwood or rocks to construct a shallow burrow with a webbed lair from which to hunt. As with most baboon spiders, they take no prisoners when it comes to feeding time and will tackle prey with plenty of enthusiasm, making them fantastic old world tarantulas to observe.


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