Scientific Name: Heterothele villosella
Common Names: Tanzanian Chestnut | Tanzanian Chestnut Baboon Spider
If you were looking for old world tarantulas that are what could be called docile and easy to work with for beginners, this is a decent suggestion. The Tanzanian Olive is a beautiful dwarf species of tarantula with an interesting chestnut pattern on it’s abdomen and a stunning little starburst pattern on the carapace which is always cool to see on a baboon species.
Considered to be a beginner species by a few hobbyists, Heterothele villosella is a calm and patient spider which is slow to anger or get defensive. However, as with all baboon species, being frightened or provoked will result in a threat display or even a bite, but with Heterothele villosella the first thing to follow a threat pose is a sprint in the opposite direction and would rather run than fight. But don’t get too brave, their fangs still work.
To make this species even cooler, it’s one of the few with true communal tendencies, meaning that keeping this tarantula in a communal setup of Tanzanian Chestnut Baboon Tarantulas is possible, but just watch out for the breeding that will take place without your assistance and your setup could soon be over crowded.
Excellent spiders to look after and observe.