Blue Foot Baboon Tarantula (Idiothele Mira)
The Blue foot baboon tarantula (Idiothele mira) is what could be considered a small and compact old world tarantula. They are solely found in South Africa. It has a very distinct look; notably its striking electric blue “toes”. The majority of the colouration ranges from hues of brown to several greys, a distinct brown striped pattern going down its abdomen. This particular tarantula has a beautiful and unique starburst marking on its carapace.
Not the largest of the tarantula family; this solid little tarantula can grow supposedly up to 4 inches.
The Idiothele mira is a somewhat docile tarantula but some sources say it can be skittish. As it is an old world tarantula it will not kick irritating hairs but can give a nasty bite. It can be aggressive so this is not a great choice for those new to caring for spiders as pets. However, for enthusiasts this is a must have for the collection.
This tarantula is somewhat unusual as it keeps itself so well hidden and is considered a trap door variety. They make themselves comfortable in a burrow hidden away on ground level. They tend not to venture far from this spot and will wait for any unsuspecting insect to get close enough before they strike.
In the wild this species takes a sit and wait approach, preferring to ambush its prey. Soon enough some poor insect will get far too close and get pounced upon. This will include crickets, roaches, any other poor spider that happens to be smaller than itself.
The female of this species can reach a rich long life of around 30 years, the male much less at around three years.
The male as the unenviable task of approaching the females burrow to try and court her. He will tap the webbing close to her burrow to attempt to coax her out. If she emerges without attacking him he will raise her up and avoid her nasty bite.
A nice wide and deep enclosure will be more than sufficient for this species. As it is a keen burrower you will need to make sure there is enough space to put plenty of substrate for its self excavated lair.
Lots and lots of substrate. Around nine inches deep is a good amount. You will wish to mimic its natural environment is much as possible. If you do not provide this then the tarantula will just cover everything in sight with thick webbing. Ornaments or somewhere to hide tends to not necessarily be required, however if you wish you can provide a hollow object that it can burrow underneath of.
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Depending on where you look you will find a different answer. Some enthusiasts say this is a fast growing and developing spider, others will inform you that it is the contrary, that it is a very slow developing spider not reaching maturity till around 10 years of age.
The Blue foot baboon spider can flourish well in fairly cool conditions. A temperature of around 25 degrees centigrade is more than sufficient. However a high humidity is very much necessary. It is advised to keep the humidity of the enclosure around 70% give or take.
This is an area that has remained a mystery to enthusiasts. There are very few sources that can confirm the personality and temperament of the Blue foot baboon spider. Even though as a species they are known to be cantankerous but some sources have reported that it is very placid. There has not been much scientific research on the venom however it is well known to have a very painful bite.
If and when mating has been successful, the female will create a egg sac which will contain around 30 spiderlings.