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Harpactira pulchripes – Golden blue leg baboon

Item #: HARPUL

$ 55.00

  • USD: 44.44$

Scientific Name: Harpactira pulchripes

Common Name: Golden blue leg baboon

Type: Terrestrial

Category: Old World

Endemic Location: South Africa

Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 7” (18cm)

Urticating Hairs: No

Growth Rate: Medium

Life Expectancy: Females 15 years / Males 5 years

Recommended Experience Level: Intermediate

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Scientific Name: Harpactira pulchripes

Common Name: Golden blue leg baboon

Type: Terrestrial

Category: Old World

Endemic Location: South Africa

Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 7” (18cm)

Urticating Hairs: No

Growth Rate: Medium

Life Expectancy: Females 15 years / Males 5 years

Recommended Experience Level: Intermediate

The Harpactira pulchripes, commonly referred to as the Golden Blue Leg Baboon Spider, is an exquisite specimen of tarantula that has captivated the hearts of arachnid enthusiasts around the globe. Originating from the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, this species is renowned for its striking appearance. The name itself, ‘pulchripes,’ derives from Latin, meaning ‘beautiful legs,’ which aptly describes the vivid blue metallic hue of its legs that contrast dramatically against its golden-brown carapace and abdomen. This dazzling color combination not only serves as a visual marvel but also as a camouflage mechanism in the wild, blending seamlessly with the arid, rocky terrain of its natural habitat.

The Harpactira pulchripes is a medium-sized tarantula, with females typically larger than males, showcasing a leg span of approximately 12 to 15 centimeters (about 5 to 6 inches). They are a terrestrial species, preferring to dwell in burrows which they line with silk. This behavior provides them with a secure retreat from predators and extreme weather conditions. In terms of temperament, they are known to be skittish and can exhibit defensive behaviors when threatened, yet with proper care and handling, they can become more docile over time, making them a fascinating addition to any collection.

Caring for a Harpactira pulchripes requires an understanding of its natural environment and needs. A terrarium with ample substrate for burrowing, a hide, and a consistent water source will mimic their natural habitat, promoting a healthy and stress-free life in captivity. Their diet consists primarily of insects, with occasional larger prey items for adult spiders. Due to their stunning appearance and relatively manageable care requirements, the Golden Blue Leg Baboon Spider has emerged as a sought-after species among tarantula keepers, offering a unique glimpse into the beauty and diversity of the arachnid world.

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