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    November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

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    After3Days
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    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).


    Sorry for the crappy background music, my grandmother watching TV not so loud. Very Happy

    Enjoy everyone. Cheers! drunken
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by jemzkrux on Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:12 am


    That's one good looking crawshyi!! hehe cheers!
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by After3Days on Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:31 am

    jemzkrux wrote:
    That's one good looking crawshyi!! hehe cheers!

    Yes indeed. Thanks rabbit
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by cyrilnoya on Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:52 am

    hehe,,a salute for the King baboon,,maganda cya,,kaya lang napaka aggressive,,hehe,,need more experience to have one,,(for me)

    thumbs up ako sir!
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by After3Days on Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:21 am

    cyrilnoya wrote:hehe,,a salute for the King baboon,,maganda cya,,kaya lang napaka aggressive,,hehe,,need more experience to have one,,(for me)

    thumbs up ako sir!

    Yep maganda nga po cya & bihira ko lang siya makita. Thanks for the compliments. =)
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by Swiftkillz on Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:24 pm

    Sir ask k lng poh, if the KB at around 5"+ DLS can be feed with live mice/fuzzy? But isn't it dangerous for the T? Or do you feed her with semi-conscious prey?
    Btw, great article Very Happy KB's are one of all my time favorites Twisted Evil
    I too have a KB they are a great addition to all T lovers for their collection; acquired her march this year at 3" DLS. Very Happy
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by After3Days on Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:16 pm

    I just feed my KB with fuzzy mice nung 9inch na sya & regarding on mice that i fed, active po sila. And dun sa 5inch KB, pwede na for as long as greedy yung KB nyo. kasi sometimes when it comes to feeding KB's are not that so greedy, even though they make hunger strike for months or a year. That is why this species are required for experienced hobbyist, because of their feeding attitude.
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by Swiftkillz on Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:23 am

    After3Days wrote:I just feed my KB with fuzzy mice nung 9inch na sya & regarding on mice that i fed, active po sila. And dun sa 5inch KB, pwede na for as long as greedy yung KB nyo. kasi sometimes when it comes to feeding KB's are not that so greedy, even though they make hunger strike for months or a year. That is why this species are required for experienced hobbyist, because of their feeding attitude.

    I guess i should just err on the safe side then; Feed her with unconscious fuzzy like I always do (once a month) since d pa naman sya 9" tulad ng KB m Smile Thanks for the info sir.
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by After3Days on Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:28 am

    Swiftkillz wrote:
    After3Days wrote:I just feed my KB with fuzzy mice nung 9inch na sya & regarding on mice that i fed, active po sila. And dun sa 5inch KB, pwede na for as long as greedy yung KB nyo. kasi sometimes when it comes to feeding KB's are not that so greedy, even though they make hunger strike for months or a year. That is why this species are required for experienced hobbyist, because of their feeding attitude.

    I guess i should just err on the safe side then; Feed her with unconscious fuzzy like I always do (once a month) since d pa naman sya 9" tulad ng KB m Smile Thanks for the info sir.

    No problem sir. anytime, i am very willing to help. Wink
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by istoy on Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:13 am

    ka nindot sa ts dre oi...
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by After3Days on Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:39 pm

    istoy wrote:ka nindot sa ts dre oi...

    In tagalog sir? =)
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by pakoy1983 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:40 am

    After3Days wrote:
    istoy wrote:ka nindot sa ts dre oi...

    In tagalog sir? =)

    Translation...(Gandan ng T's dito)
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    November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by makoygaara on Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:31 am

    Ang C. Crawshayi murag jumbo size version sa S. Philippinus
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by istoy on Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:46 am

    pasensya na. lol
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by After3Days on Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:08 am

    pakoy1983 wrote:
    After3Days wrote:
    istoy wrote:ka nindot sa ts dre oi...

    In tagalog sir? =)

    Translation...(Gandan ng T's dito)

    Ah ok po. Salamat Very Happy
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    Re: November 2010: Citharischius crawshayi

    Post by After3Days on Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:09 am

    pakoy1983 wrote:
    After3Days wrote:
    istoy wrote:ka nindot sa ts dre oi...

    In tagalog sir? =)

    Translation...(Gandan ng T's dito)

    Oo & much maganda than the OBT. S.philippinus are very stunning local sp.

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