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King Baboon Tarantula

Pelinobius muticus

Description:

P. muticus is a large African species of tarantula. Their legspans reach 7" with a defensive attitude to match. An insteresting behavior this species exhibits is stridulation. This is where they will rub the hairs on their legs to create a hissing sound. The King Baboon is a burrowing species that is also very slow-growing, sometimes taking almost seven years to mature.

Habitat:

These spiders are native to East Africa. They prefer drier habitat making burrows near lowlying shrubs.

Notes:

The individual pictured was a P. muticus I had for a while. It was a pugnacious little spider much more content with standing it's ground rather than fleeing.

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1 Comment

keithp2012
keithp2012 7 years ago

great shot!

LD50 Photography
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LD50 Photography

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jul 19, 2012
Submitted on Jul 19, 2012

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