Latin name: Pterinochilus murinus
If you are interested in this incredible species, please note that we do not recommend them for beginner tarantula enthusiasts and be sure to read through all our information on them.
Our stock: We have several unsexed young adults available which are all about 4” in size including leg span. Photos are representative of our general stock.
They are eating live medium crickets.
Other names: OBT, Orange Bitey Thing, Mombasa Golden Starburst Tarantula, Usambara Baboon Spider.
Habitat: They are a very widespread species, native to many South and Central African Countries.
Lifestyle: These beautifully colored old world tarantulas are burrowers who will dig and live inside deep holes and line them with webbing. They will also build large visible web tunnels at the entrance to their burrows. They hunt by ambushing any insect prey that happens to be passing by the entrance of their burrow. They will live in this burrow for the duration of their lives unless they are disturbed or they are a sexually mature male searching for a mate.
Size and Lifespan: Their leg span when they reach adult size is typically around 6” and females are heavier-bodied than males with bigger abdomens. Lifespan differs greatly depending on the sex of the tarantula. Males top out at 4 years of age with them being sexually mature for last year of their lives. Females can live up to 15 years.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 80 degrees Fahrenheit on the warm end, 70 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
Humidity: 60%-70% Manually mist lightly in the AM and PM or set up an automatic mister to do the job.
Tank size: 1-5 gallons or smaller for babies, 10+ gallons for adults.
Tank type: low rectangle-allow for ample floor space.
Lighting: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended, especially in winter. Thermostats are also helpful. Full spectrum UVB lighting is not required for this species but is recommended to simulate a natural day/night cycle.
Substrate and furniture: Soil or coconut fiber substrate 3"deep or deeper as these guys like to dig. Provide lots of hiding places. Provide a small water dish that is not so deep that the tarantula cannot climb back out on its own.
Handling: This species is not recommended for handling under any circumstances. Though they prefer to go into threat posture and will even slap the ground when they feel threatened, the risk of being bitten is still present and they have been known to bite without prior warning. They are also an extremely fast species. The potency of their venom is not well studied but it is known to be significantly toxic and very painful.
Use extreme caution when transferring them from one enclosure to the next or cleaning. The use of catch cups will make this process safer.
Feeding: 1 appropriately sized insect prey item no more than 1x per week. Feeding your Orange Baboon Tarantula can be very exciting to watch as they will often burst out from their web tunnels and snatch their prey with amazing speed as soon as the food item is offered.
Always remove uneaten food items if they have not been consumed after 8 hours.