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Why are some OW T's called 'Baboons'?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by vwcorrado16v, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. vwcorrado16v

    vwcorrado16v Arachnopeon

    Probably a stupid question but I've always wondered; why are some OW T's know as 'baboons'? Where'd the name come from? And what does a species have to have to be nicked named one?
  2. Ant

    Ant Arachnopeon

    It's to do with their legs looking like baboon fingers.
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  3. TownesVanZandt

    TownesVanZandt Arachnodemon Active Member

    African tarantulas are known as "baboons"
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  4. Moonohol

    Moonohol Two Legged Freak

    Because you’ll be howling like a baboon if you get bit by one... ;)
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  5. Graves6661

    Graves6661 Arachnosquire

    They have the attitude of an angry baboon too...
  6. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    The name related to pretty much all species of Theraphosidae from Africa.
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  7. efmp1987

    efmp1987 Arachnosquire

    We have to start calling South American tarantulas Marmoset spiders.

    Edit: Nevermind, sounds harmless :troll:
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  8. VanessaS

    VanessaS Arachnodemon Active Member

    Baboons love to eat them. I work with a man who is from Zimbabwe and he has watched baboons go crazy for them. They dig them up and snack on them by the dozens.
    That's probably why they are so defensive.
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  9. efmp1987

    efmp1987 Arachnosquire

    Baboons love to eat them. Humans love to keep them. Damn primates.
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  10. dangerforceidle

    dangerforceidle Arachnoknight Active Member

    So this is why I start salivating every time I see them.
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  11. efmp1987

    efmp1987 Arachnosquire

    If youre salivating it probably means your ancestors were baboons :troll: Instincts cannot be killed.
  12. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    But this doesn't tell us why hah.