Scientific Name: Hysterocrates gigas
Common Names: Cameroon Red Baboon
Known to be a swimmer, Hysterocrates gigas is a large dark brown baboon tarantula which originates over quite a few territories in Africa. As usual with African Baboon species, they aren’t exactly what you could call friendly and are not to be trifled with. Just like Pelinobius muticus – The King Baboon, The Cameroon Red Baboon will also strike a pose, threat pose that is, as well as stridulate (hiss) using the special bristles between it’s fangs.
But a behavior of the Cameroon Red Baboon that is being tested by many hobbyists is it’s ability to swim, and even catch prey under water. Keep in mind that tarantulas can not see very well, so don’t expect them to chase after small fish with much success. However if you can provide them with a decent size fish or frog, there is a good chance it will eventually be snatched up for lunch. Hobbyists are trying all sorts of enclosure configurations to put this Baboon tarantula to the test, from basic terrariums to full living paludariums.
The Cameroon Red Baboon is also known to be a very good candidate for communal setups and many hobbyists report maintaining communal setups with great success.