Harpactira curator
-Malvern Starburst Baboon

Warning: Illegal to own in South Africa

Adult Size: 13 to 14cm (Females) | 10 to 11cm (Male)

Type: Old World, Fossorial

Growth Rate: Fast

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: 50% to 60%

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 20 to 25cm of substrate to allow for burrowing with a water dish as always.

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Scientific Name: Harpactira curator

Common Names: Malvern Starburst Baboon

A large South African baboon spider mainly found in scattered distributions from the Cape to Natal Provinces. They display the typical golden sandy coloration seen on many African baboon spiders but still have a lovely starburst pattern on the carapace and the trademark “skull pattern on the abdomen.

These baboon spiders like to burrow and web, so providing them with a fossorial/terrestrial hybrid setup will not only insure that your tarantula will feel at home, but you will enjoy the heavy webbing that it will cover the surrounding area of it’s burrow with. As usual, threat poses and defensive, twitchy behaviour can be expected from this typical old world species which will be followed by a bite to a careless hobbyist. A painful, cramp inducing venom is assumed to flow in the fangs of this species but very few bite reports have been documented.

In a suitable environment with regular access to healthy food, this species will grow quickly and become a beautiful piece in your collection of old world tarantula species.