This is a specific care sheet for Monocentropus balfouris (Monocentropus balfouri), for more in this genus see Category:Monocentropus.
|Tarantula Information (for a more detailed Tarantula care review see Tarantula Care Sheets|
|Regions Found:||Socotra, off the coast of Africa|
|Class:||Webber and will cover its cage in webbing considered a burrower / terrestrial|
|Adult Size:||+-12 cm|
|Temperament:||For a Old World tarantula, the Blue Baboon has a forgiving nature. They are more likely to beat a retreat than confront its opponent.|
|Monocentropus balfouri Housing Requirements|
|Tarantula Housing:||should be about 6 inches for burrows. Some decoration can be added such as pieces of bark or plastic plants to give the spider places to web up and retreat to.|
|Temperature:||25 - 28 °C|
|Humidity:||7% and 55%|
|Breeding Monocentropus balfouri Tarantulas|
|Breeding Difficulty:||Females can be sexually mature at just 4 inch’s and as this species can be kept communally it is considered easy to mate|
|Egg sac size:|
|Danger to Male:||Tarantula females will sometimes cannibalise the males|
|Monocentropus balfouri Diet|
|Livefood insects such as crickets, locust, butter worms, meal worms, superworms, houseflies and cockroaches.|
|Recommended Pet Supplies for Monocentropus balfouri|
Monocentropus balfouri habitat
Provide a heat source and use means to moderate the humidity such as a large open water bowl or misting bottle.
Feeding Monocentropus balfouri
Tarantula diet is typically insects such as crickets, grass-hoppers, beetles, moths, meal worms and cockroaches. A staple diet of crickets is the only food a tarantula requires besides water which can be provided in a shallow dish (lid of a jar or bottle cap). Typically feed an adult twice a week. Uneaten prey should be removed after one day to prevent problems and attracting mites. The food provided should be no larger than the abdomen of the tarantula.
Breeding Monocentropus balfouri
Breeding tarantulas can be extremely difficult but can also be extremely rewarding. From a successful mating, anywhere from 50 to 2000 eggs can be produced, depending upon the size and species of the female. The Brazilian Salmon Pink (Lasiodora parahybana) are of the larger species and have been known to produce some 1500-2000 eggs in one sac. Another popular species The Goliath Bird Eater (Theraphosa blondi) however, has been known to produce as little as 50 eggs despite its “goliath” size.
The basic steps involved in breeding tarantulas are discussed further:
- Preparation for breeding
- Tarantula breeding
- Looking after an egg sac
- Caring for the female
- Caring for the spiderlings