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African Baboon spider

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by RoseHair, Jun 27, 2004.

  1. RoseHair

    RoseHair Arachnopeon

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    As i have poster before i am rather new to spiders. I bought my first (rose hair) and now i am looking at another one. It is a very small African Baboon spider, well i think it was african, ill have to look again. Is this a good spider for a beginer. How is it compared to my rose hair?
     
  2. priZZ

    priZZ Arachnodemon Old Timer

    I think Your new spider is Citharischius crawshayi, a very slow growing and agressive spider. Agressive if You see it, because there is little chances to see it often. He always hides in his burrow, and actually coming out in the night.

    Also very big, about 8 cm body if adult female.
     
  3. RoseHair

    RoseHair Arachnopeon

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    So just a little bigger than 3 inches fully grown? as of now it is probly 3-1/3 to 4 cm big only. So it is agresive and wouldnt be a good spider for a begginer like me?
     
  4. priZZ

    priZZ Arachnodemon Old Timer

    I would say, every spider is perfect for a beginner, but handle them with respect, patients, and good care.

    In my opinion there is no beginner-spider, or just for advanced keepers...
     
  5. morda

    morda Arachnobaron Old Timer

    priZZ - and what about a noob buying Stroamtopelma ? :D

    Crawshayi is a cool spider. You can buy also P. murinus or some Ceratogyrus sp. They are cool but You need to be carefull with them.
     
  6. Citharischius

    Citharischius Arachnosquire Old Timer


    Aggresive is not the right word to use . This spider is just defensive .
    I've got a fully grown adult female , and she's not aggresive at all .
    When I bought her , I asked to guy if he could show me how she would react on an interruption . She was just reacting as any other african spider . "Put your hands up , in the air !" {D
    Well she did this for like 3 minutes and the guy was picking the spider on and on . Then she stridulated (dont know how you spell it) loud and it was amazing ! She's a real beauty .

    When you buy a C.crawsayi , you'll need a large tank . make a deep hole on the side of the tank so you can see her through the glass ;) Put it in a dark and quiet place.

    You can sure begin with this spider, if you read enough about it , and just DONT touch it !
    Ohyeah , and indeed . THEY ARE HUGE ! :}
     
  7. morda

    morda Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Indeed - don't touch it.
    I sa an interesting behavior. My sling (1" about in LS) attacked the tweezers and stridulated (of course I wasn't able to hear it - it just made the same moves like stridulating spider). So even very small crawshayi is quite deffensive. Growing very slow...
     
  8. Citharischius

    Citharischius Arachnosquire Old Timer


    hmhm indeed you are :)
    My boyfriend (Pterinochilus on the forum) has 2 small slings too :) gihghi they are very cute :rolleyes:
    I bought mine as an adult female (wild captured ) for €50,- I think this is a good price, Someday I hoop to breed little crawshayi's .
    So , if anyone has a lovely male ???? :rolleyes:

    But
     
  9. David Burns

    David Burns Arachnoprince Old Timer

    All African spiders are Baboon spiders and there is quite a variety so I would make sure you know what you are getting and then do some research. All of them should be considered Defensive/aggressive.
     
  10. Lycanthrope

    Lycanthrope Arachnolord Old Timer

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    how exactly did we come straight to the conclusion its C. crawshayi with the info given? " african baboon" could be any number of african Theraphosids.
     
  11. priZZ

    priZZ Arachnodemon Old Timer

    That was my bad, I named first C. crawshayi. Sorry.