Monocentropus balfouri

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This is a specific care sheet for Monocentropus balfouris (Monocentropus balfouri), for more in this genus see Category:Monocentropus.

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Monocentropus balfouri care sheet
Monocentropus balfouri
Monocentropus balfouri
Monocentropus balfouri
Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Subphylum: Arachnomorpha

Class: Arachnida

Subclass: Micrura

Order: Araneae

Suborder: Opisthothelae

Family: Theraphosidae

Subfamily: Eumenophorinae

Genus: Monocentropus

Species: M. balfouri

Tarantula Information (for a more detailed Tarantula care review see Tarantula Care Sheets
Information and Tarantula Care
Regions Found: Socotra, off the coast of Africa
Class: Webber and will cover its cage in webbing considered a burrower / terrestrial
Longevity: reasonably fast
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.
Urticating Hairs:
Venom Potency:
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%
Special Requirements:
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[edit]

An adult Monocentropus balfouri tarantula should be provided with an enclosure 2 to 5 gallons in volume with a secure lid.

You should cover the bottom of the enclosure with 5-6 inches of substrate such as shredded coconut husk, but some keepers choose to use peat moss, potting soil or vermiculite.

Provide a heat source and use means to moderate the humidity such as a large open water bowl or misting bottle.

Feeding Monocentropus balfouri[edit]

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[edit]

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:

See Also[edit]