Greater Horned Baboon [Ceratogyrus brachycephalus]
Common name: Greater Horned Baboon / Rhino Horned Baboon
Scientific name: Ceratogyrus brachycephalus
Appearance: A Greater Horned Baboon is a pale color with dark markings and a small “horn” on its carapace.
Origin: Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Type: Old World, Terrestrial, Burrowing
Size: Can grow up to a legspan of 5 inches. This species grows quickly.
Life span: 8-10 years
Attitude: Defensive and fast, although some may be more docile than others.
Defensive behavior: The Greater Horned Baboon tarantula will usually go into the threat posture if approached.
Bite danger: Most Greater Horned Baboons will bite if provoked. This tarantula has a nasty bite.
Handling: This is not a beginner tarantula, and should not be handled.
Diet/Nutrition: Greater Horned Baboons spiderlings can eat fruit flies and baby crickets. Adults can eat regular crickets (3-5 crickets a week). This species has a good appetite.
Housing (see our shop for products!):
- Tank: Adults will need a 2-5 gallon container
- Substrate: 8 inches of peat moss, potting soil, or coconut husk substrate for an adult’s enclosure.
- Decor: A hide is not needed, as this species will make its own burrow.
- Humidity: The humidity should be around 70%
- Lighting: Lighting is not necessary for this species.
- Water: A small, shallow water dish should always be present.
Temperature: The ideal temperature for Greater Horned Baboons is 75° – 80°F.
Fun facts: Greater Horned Baboons love to dig and make webs! A lot of the time, you won’t even see them!
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