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    November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

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    After3Days
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    Age : 38
    Location : Tandang Sora, QC, Manila
    Registration date : 2010-11-21

    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by After3Days on Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:16 am

    Tarantula of the Month: For the month of November.

    Species:
    Citharischius Crawhayi
    Familiy:
    Theraphosadae
    Common Name: King Baboon Tarantula
    Gender: Adult Female
    Average Size: 7-9 inch's
    Captivity: Captive Breed
    Growth: Very Slow

    KING BABOON TARANTULA

    A bad tempered spider, the King Baboon Spider will rear up with its fangs ready at the slightest disturbance or perceived threat! At one time, the King Baboon Spider was the most sought after species for collectors. Their velvety terra cotta-colored hair and incredible display behaviors make them popular among collectors.

    They are a very active spider at night, with an amazing burrowing behavior. During the day they stay hidden and sealed in their burrow. Then at night they emerge to search for prey and begin to excavate. They are constantly enlarging their burrow and forming new ones throughout the substrate.

    The King Baboon Spider was first collected in Kenya in 1899. Like most baboon spiders, they are very aggressive and can be considered a potentially dangerous species. Despite its incredibly aggressive nature, the King Baboon Spider has become a staple in the hobby and captive-produced spiderlings are occasionally available.

    Distribution: King Baboon Spiders, the second largest of the African spiders, are found in Kenya and Tanzania.

    Description: The King Baboon Spider is a large tarantula that is covered over its entire body with a velvety burnt orange coloration. It has enlarged back legs as do most of its baboon spider relatives. It also has large black shiny fangs and is not afraid to use them!.

    The picture below is in actual, compared with a 9inchr forcep.

    They average about 5.5 - 6" (14 - 15 cm), though a mature female may exceed 7.8" (20 cm). Mature males are smaller than females. Males are very hairy and slender and have no tibial hooks to aid in breeding.

    Care and Feeding: There is a tendency by keepers to feed their large, aggressive species lots of live mice. We suggest feeding the King Baboon Spider a diverse diet consisting of adult crickets, grasshoppers, Tenebrio larvae, and only occasional feedings (once or twice a month) of mice. This variety more closely mirrors the diet of this tarantula in nature and will keep them healthy.

    Environment: In nature the King Baboon Spider is found in deep burrows associated with rock piles or the bases of trees. In captivity they should be kept in a 15 to 20-gallon terrarium with a secure lid. This enclosure should have a deep substrate of at least 10" of compacted sand and peat moss or potting soil. They should be allowed to dig and maintain a burrow which will help meet their need for a warm, humid retreat.

    Temperature and Humidity requirements: Warmth in the 78 ° to 82 ° F range and a humidity of 75 to 85% is best for this burrowing species.

    Additional Information under my care:

    Feeding: I fed her once every 3weeks, and since she's an adult already. She minimize her self from eating and she's logging for breeding. The fact that, in our country, male king baboons are available but mature once are kinda difficult to find. Since it was a slow grower specie. Every 3 months, i fed her varieties of fresh raw meat, probably chicken, pork (amount of feeding, a size of her abdomen or lesser), and occasionally live pinky mouse or fuzzy ones. And for the record of my specie, under my care for years. King Baboons tend to fast for a very long time, in my experienced I witness this specie not eaten for a year. This specie would be fine, unless there is a source of hydration.

    Housing:
    I keep my king baboon on a 15galoon tank, with semi moist coco dust/coco peat, with an additional cork barks & some natural plants(good for holding humidity). I do a routine of misting every week (moderately and not so dump). I rehouse my King Baboon every 5-7months.

    Reason why King Baboons are kepted for advance keepers: Attach a video of my specie (actual video of her).