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