King Baboon spider

King Baboon spider Introduction

The King Baboon, or by its scientific name – Pelinobius muticus is the only tarantula of the Pelinobius genus. Mostly its colors are brown – ranging from light brown or even orange to rusty, dark brown. These kinds of tarantula have massive bodies and when fully grown can reach 6 to 9 inches leg span (16 to 22 cm). Because they are very aggressive, mostly are kept only by experienced owners and even they shouldn’t handle them. Even though it’s widely famous, it should not be kept by a beginner. They are not display kinds because they tend to stay for a long period of time in their burrows (sometimes even months). They also are nocturnal kind, meaning they get pretty active during the night and hide out most of the day time. The King Baboon Tarantula can be found in East Africa – mostly Kenya and Tanzania. It also might be found in parts of Uganda. The King Baboon Tarantula is a burrowing spider that lives underground. It can be found in dry scrublands, grassland and in the roots of acadia bushes in East Africa. The King Baboon Tarantula is a carnival – they catch live prey and eat them. Mostly, their diet is made of insects, beetles, crickets, pinkie mice and even fuzzy mice. If you keep them as a pet, make sure to never feed them with anything bigger than half of the size of their body.

Keywords to learn

Substrate: an underlying substance or layer

About Me

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Key Data

  • Order:
  • Lifespan:
    2 years.
  • Class:
  • Scientific Name:
    Pelinobius muticus.
  • Mass:
    28 grams.
  • Length:
    14-20 cm.
  • Region found:
    Tanzania and Kenya.
  • Population Status:
    Not evaluated.
  • Current population trend:
  • Diet:
  • Sexual maturity:
    5 years.


The King Baboon is a large and aggressive spider, yet it is on of the most popular spider in the pet trade due to its stunning and eye-catching colors.


Now that you know more about the King Baboon spider by learning the key data above, be sure also to check out the fun facts. When you are finished learning the facts, try answering the questions in the Q&A corner on the bottom right side of the page.



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King Baboon Spider Facts for Kids

  • # 1. The king baboon spider has very strong venom, though none are known to be deadly to humans. A bite from a smaller spider will cause sharp pain and localized itching for five days.
  • # 2. In captivity adults can be kept in a converted aquarium if given plenty of ventilation and a substrate at least 25 centimetres (9.8 in) deep. Younger spiders can be kept in small containers, such as pill tubs and wax worm tubs, but will need deeper containers as they grow.
  • # 3. The king baboon has one of the slowest development of the tarantula species.
  • # 4. The king baboon spider was first described by Ferdinand Anton Franz Karsch in 1885, and is found in Tanzania and Kenya.
  • # 5. After a month to eight weeks the egg sac will be ready, and the King Baboon spiderlings will be incubated by their mothers for  five to eight weeks.

Q&A Corner

# 1. Name two places the King Baboon spider can be found?


# 2. Name two things the King Baboon spider will eat?


# 3. What is the length of the King Baboon spider?


# 4. What is the average lifespan of the King Baboon spider?


# 5. When was the King Baboon spider first described?


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