Old World Terrestrial Tarantula
  • This is not a beginner species



  • Truly a communal tarantula
  • This is a manageable OW species
  • This is a unique species. They share the same burrow, eat their meals together, and seem to enjoy each other company. 
  • The Hysterocrates gigas interact with one another.
  • They have been videoed swimming and submerged in water. It is reported that they will catch fish from the water.


  • Ideal temperatures 23-28 degrees C and humidity at 75%-85% 


  • This is a obligate burrower,  an adult needs 20cm of substrate to burrow and a spiderling 7cm.
  • This species doesn't need a hide, it will make its own burrow. 
Food Consumption: 
  • Feed slings twice a week.
  • Feed adults once a week.
  • Food size should be the size of the carapace.
Water Requirements: 
  • Keep a water dish in the cage.
  • Keep the substrate in the terrarium dry. Every four months wet one side of the substrate, than allow it to dry out.
Growth Rate: 
  • The growth rate of this species is fast.  
Adult Size:
  • They grow to 17cm
  • Because of their defensive nature, they aren't the best species to handle.
  • If approached they will usually go into a defensive posture and stridulate. 

Hysterocrates gigas 1cm (Cameroon Red Baboon)



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