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Stromatopelma calceatum (Feather  Leg Baboon

Old World Arboreal Tarantula

This is not a beginner tarantula

 

Comments: 

  • This is a robust, African arboreal species.

  • This is basically a secluded species and needs a hide to be stress free.

  • Periodically it will become visible and stay out for days.

  • If not given the proper hide, it will web up its enclosure.

Temp/humidity: 

  • Ideal temperature is 25°-27°C and the humidity at 60%-70%.

  • The substrate in the terrarium is kept more on the dry side and monthly wet the substrate, then allow it to dry out completely.

Enclosure: 

  • This is an arboreal tarantula. As spiderling or juvenile, put a twig in  the vial so it may climb , but they normally spend most of the time webbed in at the base of the twigs.

  • When they get between 7cm-10cm, housed them in their permanent enclosures.

  • They should be given a hollow vertical branch or cork to climb into.

  • Their enclosure should be vertical.

Retreat/Hide: 

  • This species needs a vertical barreled cork bark leaned against the cage as a hide, and it uses the substrate in the webbing as a camouflage. 

Food Consumption: 

  • Feed slings twice a week.

  • Feed adults once a week.

  • Food size should be the size of the carapace.

  • This species is a good eater, but normally waits until its dark before coming out to eat. 

Water Requirements: 

  • Glue a small bottle cap to the bark that is leaning against the cage for water.

Growth Rate: 

  • This is a fast growing tarantula.

  • Leg span 17cm

Temperament: 

  • This is a very fast moving spider.

  • This spider is consider as a defensive tarantula, and will bite if provoked.