Monocentropus balfouri
-Socotra Island Blue Baboon

Common Name: Socotra Blue Baboon Tarantula

Adult Size: 10 to 12cm

Type: Old World, Terrestrial, Communal Setups Possible

Growth Rate: Medium

Temperament: Calm, but defensive and aggressive if provoked.

Lifespan: Females (10 to 15 years) | Males (3 to 4 years)

Origin: Socotra, Yemen

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

Recommended Humidity: 50-60%

Basic Enclosure Requirements: Terrestrial setup with at least 4 x the size of the spider in horizontal space, 5cm to 10cm of substrate with added structure, a shelter and a water dish.

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Scientific Name: Monocentropus balfouri

Common Names: Socotra Blue Baboon Tarantula | Socotra Baboon Tarantula

Rated to be the most beautiful tarantula of them all by many enthusiasts, Monocentropus balfouri is a very special and beautiful baboon spider. Almost wiped out from their home habitat on the island of Socotra, numbers now thrive around the world thanks to the Tarantula hobby. Truly a beautiful tarantula to behold and at 12cm, they aren’t the biggest tarantulas by far, but they are simply a must-have for any collection, especially with Monocentropus balfouri being one of few species that are truly capable of co-habitation and can thrive in a communal setup.

This old world tarantula seems to prefer a dryer climate with humidity around the 50% mark being sufficient. You can allow the substrate in your enclosures to mostly dry out and water can simply be provided with a water dish for when they need to drink, however they may get sufficient liquids from their meals and may seldom drink.

From sling to adult, the temperament on these T’s is surprisingly mellow for an old world tarantula. One can almost say these tarantulas are laid back and chilled out, having a very peaceful demeanour overall. Especially with each other, but don’t take that for granted, they are also capable of break-neck speeds and will definitely throw a threat-pose if startled or provoked, and we all know what comes after that… It’s still a baboon spider and will defend itself properly if not respected.

Mating Monocentropus balfouri

This is an excellent video on the communal habits of Monocentropus balfouri – Socotra Island Blue Baboon Spider

Another Communal setup of Monocentropus balfouri


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