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Harpactira baviana – Purcells Baboon Spider

Item #: HARBAV

21.82$

  • CAD: $ 27.00

Scientific Name: Harpactira baviana

Common Name: Purcells Baboon Spider

Type: Terrestrial

Category: Old World

Endemic Location: Africa

Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 5-6” (12-14cm)

Urticating Hairs: No

Growth Rate: Medium

Life Expectancy: Females 15 years / Males 5 years

Recommended Experience Level: Intermediate

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Description

Scientific Name: Harpactira baviana

Common Name: Purcells Baboon Spider

Type: Terrestrial

Category: Old World

Endemic Location: Africa

Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 5-6” (12-14cm)

Urticating Hairs: No

Growth Rate: Medium

Life Expectancy: Females 15 years / Males 5 years

Recommended Experience Level: Intermediate

 

The Harpactira baviana, a captivating species within the realm of tarantulas, stands as a testament to the incredible diversity and specialization of the spider world. Native to the Western Cape of South Africa, this species is often celebrated for its distinctive appearance and behavior, making it a fascinating subject for both arachnologists and enthusiasts alike.

Characterized by its striking coloration, the Harpactira baviana showcases a blend of earthy tones that seamlessly camouflage it within its natural habitat. Its body, adorned with a pattern that mimics the subtle nuances of the South African landscape, allows it to remain hidden from predators and unsuspecting prey. The spider’s size is modest, with females typically larger than their male counterparts, a common trait among tarantulas.

The behavior of the Harpactira baviana is as intriguing as its appearance. This species is known for its burrowing lifestyle, constructing intricate tunnels and burrows where it spends the majority of its time. These burrows serve as a refuge from predators, a place to molt in safety, and a vantage point from which to ambush prey. The Harpactira baviana’s diet primarily consists of insects, which it captures using its speed and agility. Despite its fearsome appearance and predatory nature, this tarantula is of minimal threat to humans, with its venom not considered dangerous. The Harpactira baviana not only contributes to the biodiversity of its native region but also captivates those who study and admire the natural world.

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