Harpactira marksi
-Elizabethfontein Baboon

WARNING: Illegal in South Africa.

Common Names: Elizabethfontein Baboon

Adult Size: 11cm to 13cm

Growth Rate: Fast

Type: Old World, Fossorial (Burrower)

Temperament: Skittish, 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: Fossorial setup with at least 4 x the size of the spider in horizontal space, 15cm to 20cm (or more) of substrate to allow for burrowing with the customary shelter and a water dish.

Photo Credit: Chase Campbell (CEC Arachnoboards)

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Scientific Name: Harpactira marksi

Common Names: Elizabethfontein Baboon

WARNING: Illegal in South Africa.

Not for beginners. Another of South Africa’s diverse and beautiful baboon spiders, Harpactira marksi is an obligate burrower, a pet hole that spends most of it’s time in it’s burrows or silken retreats. As a sling, even if provided with a burrow or plenty of substrate – it will create a shallow “tent” on the surface of the substrate using a mixture of webbing and substrate for the canopy. This tent acts like a pressure sensitive blanket over the baboon spider, alerting it to anything that could become a juicy meal.

As they grow, their living habits change and if given deep substrate of about 20cm, the Elizabethfontein Baboon will create a deep silk lined burrow and essentially become a pet hole, only venturing out when dark/safe or if hunting prey. However, if the substrate is shallower at about 5cm to 10cm, you can expect to see an amazing weave of white webbing all around it’s shelter.

Harpactira marksi is a skittish baboon spider from young through to adulthood and will normally bolt and disappear with any disturbance, it may even display a threat pose if caught off guard. Regardless, it’s blacks and golds with highlighted leg segments make this a stunning species to behold.


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