King Baboon Spider: How to Identify this Giant Tarantula.

The king baboon spider is one of the largest tarantula species in the world. While it is a scary looking spider, it may hold within it a medical miracle, a potential pain reliever.

King Baboon spider
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King Baboon spider: Description.

The King baboon spider (Pelinobius muticus) is a solidly built, velvet-covered, rusty brown to orange (copper-hued) tarantula with shiny black fangs and curved back feet.

It has a leg span of up to 8 inches (with males being smaller, slenderer, and hairier than females). 

In defense, they will rear up on their back legs and strike if needed. They are also one of the few tarantulas known to use stridulation ( by rubbing the femurs of the legs together) to produce a warning buzz-like sound.

King Baboon spiders: Habitat.

King Baboon spiders are native to East Africa, including Tanzania and Kenya. They use the cover of the vegetation found in grasslands and shrublands to protect their burrows.

Their burrows have silk lines near the entrance that detect passing pores, such as other spiders, roaches, beetles, and other bugs. They dig these burrows with their strong back legs and curved rear feet.

King Baboon spider bites: Dangerous?

King Baboon spiders will give you a sharp bite, but aside from the pain and itchiness that can be treated with first aid, they are not dangerously venomous to humans.

This lack of venom, despite the King Baboon spiders aggressive nature, makes it popular in the pet trade.

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Dennis V. Gilmore Jr.

Dennis V. Gilmore Jr. is a former Marine Sergeant and the author of several books, including two on night hunting coyotes and red and gray fox. He has written several hundred articles on predator hunting for

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