Heteroscodra maculata (Togo Starburst Baboon)

Old World Arboreal Tarantula

Not a beginner tarantula



  • This baboon has a ghostly appearance with beautiful markings and is very secluded.

  • It is reported that the toxin from this tarantula is stronger than most tarantulas.

  • Because of its speed, defensiveness, and toxin, this species is not recommended as a beginner tarantula.


  • Ideal temperature 24°-29°C and the humidity at 60%-70%.

  • Keep the terrarium dry; but once every other month, moisten the substrate, then allow it to dry out completely.


  • This is a arboreal tarantula, but as a spiderling or juvenile, they prefer to live on or close to the ground in captivity; put a twig in case it want to climb.

  • When they get 7cm leg span give them a vertical branch or cork to climb upon.

  • Therefore the enclosure should be taller than longer. 

  • 3cm of substrate in vial, deli cup for spiderlings, and 5cm in a terrarium for sub-adult to adult.


  • A 24cm vertical bark leaned against the cage. 

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 excellent eater.  

Water Requirements:

  • Glue a small container for water to the bark.

Growth Rate:

  • This is a fast growing tarantula.

  • Adult leg span 15cm


  • This is a secretive, but is a very fast moving spider. 

  • It is very defensive also and will bite if provoked.


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