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Harpactira pulchripes care

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by SpaceM, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoking Active Member

    They are very sensitive to any moisture in the sub...too much will kill them rapidly, they really need dry conditions for the most part. This is pretty unique to Harpactira from what I have experienced, the other baboons can handle some excess moisture without issue.

    Take P.murinus for example, members of the Ceratogyrus genus, etc...
    You can throw every other Hysterocrates species in that list, and your divine goddess as well, which we all know and love. (Pelinobius muticus)
    Your not wrong, generally speaking...but there are more then a few baboons that will need moisture when small. And others all the way into adulthood.
    Eucratoscelus, Idiothele, Hysterocates, Pelinobius all need moisture...in my book, even Pterinochilus are raised with a little moist spot as slings.
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  2. boina

    boina Lady of the mites Arachnosupporter

    Hm, I may be wrong, but I always thought they were a smaller species. How big do they get? (Mine are 2" right now, so that's where my experience ends so far...)
  3. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoking Active Member

    They are a smaller species, females are typically mature at 3.5-4''. MMs are minuscule in comparison.
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  4. ChanTheMan

    ChanTheMan Arachnopeon

    What species would be a decent "beginner" Old World?
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  5. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    None of these are beginner species, just good first OW species for experienced keepers who want to start keeping OW species.
    • Augacephalus ezendami
    • Ceratogyrus
    • Eucratoscelus pachypus
    • Idiothele mira
    • Monocentropus balfouri

    There are some NW species that are considered good stepping stones to OW due to their temperament:
    • Ephebopus murinus
    • Phormictopus
    • Psalmopoeus
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  6. Whitelightning777

    Whitelightning777 Arachno-heretic Arachnosupporter

    My M balfouri was a bit more finicky of an water then my H pulchripes. Unlike H pulchripes, M balfouri slings dig extensive tunnel systems and build highly elaborate webs above ground.

    They also actually do better communally according to almost all reports I've read. You really have to watch out for webbing the water dish for balfouri no matter where it is.

    Mine was a slightly slower grower, but she was a female.
  7. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Thought it was something beyond that.
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  8. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Fuk Da Meme Police Arachnosupporter

    I went with O. philippinus and P. muticus....
  9. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoking Active Member

    Another thing I noticed was that this particular species seemed to prefer things on the warmer side, warm dry conditions and they thrive.
    Much like with avics, excess moisture combined with bad vent would exacerbate things all the more. H.pulchripes slings tend to be pretty fragile from what I have seen, juvies over the 2'' mark are already much hardier and can tolerate a wider range of conditions IME.
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  10. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Um, are you thinking of Heterothele?
  11. Whitelightning777

    Whitelightning777 Arachno-heretic Arachnosupporter

    Mainly I would just avoid anything that's extremely defensive.

    H pulchripes is about as simple as you can get. Hopefully my male will breed successfully and I'll get a few slings back, but which I mean 2 or 3 not half. I'm also getting 2 other Ts in trade for him as well, but I'm keeping that under wraps until I get them safely home.

    It'll be a double unboxing, still debating whether or not to film it.
  12. Venomgland

    Venomgland Arachnosquire

    Very easy to care for. I have 4. 1 that I raised from a sling, 2 Craigslist rescues, and now another sling. I've only gotten 1 attack bite and threat posture from my adult female. I was checking in on her and breathed a little to hard to the front of the exoterra. She was sitting right I'll front and I didn't know it when I was wearing in. She popped right up and hit the glass and stayed in a threat posture.

    Other then that all four have been a piece of cake to take care of. Waiting for one of my males to molt 1 more time and then I plan on breeding them. It will be my first time breeding any tarantula, so fingers crossed.
  13. SpaceM

    SpaceM Arachnopeon

    Here's the set up i have ready for it. It was actually smaller than i expected when i got it (only about 1cm) so i just have it in a sling pot for now and will transfer it after it's next moult.
  14. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoking Active Member

    Looks like more of a setup for an avic sling, leave the dish on the ground, a lower placed hide would be best as well...these are terrestrials.
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  15. SpaceM

    SpaceM Arachnopeon

    The hide does have an entrance at ground level and with substrate inside so it can burrow into it. I decided to elevate the water dish based on peoples advice to avoid it getting webbed up and wiking water down into the substrate.
  16. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoking Active Member

    I feel you there man, but its going to be hard for your pulchripes to access the water dish in that position...I would be more worried about that. The webbed up water bowl is something your going to have to deal with no matter what, it might even web it all the way up there, they are quite determined at times lol.

    Just clean it off when necessary, its a pain in the ass but part of keeping these spiders.
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  17. Whitelightning777

    Whitelightning777 Arachno-heretic Arachnosupporter

    That's true, but the H pulchripes is more then capable of climbing the walls and I've even seen mine upside down once or twice.

    Here's my mature male looking for a girlfriend.

    H pulchripes Hybris hooked out 1.jpg

    Here's him once again on the wall when younger. He was recently rehoused after getting new mold free substrate.

    H pulchripes cage care 2.jpg

    I'm not sure what he was doing there but the hissing cockroach I recently put in might've had something to do with it.

    H pulchripes what sex 1.jpg

    I don't think getting the water dish will be a problem. He or she might web it up but at least she won't flip it over or throw a bunch of crap in it.
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  18. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    I agree. Just because they can climb, doesn't mean it should be encouraged to do so....we set up terrestrials the way we do specifically to discourage climbing.
  19. Whitelightning777

    Whitelightning777 Arachno-heretic Arachnosupporter

    His water dish is only slightly above ground level, not a dangerous height for fall.