Golden Blue Leg Baboon Tarantula

Golden Blue Leg Baboon Tarantula (Harpactira pulchripes)

Harpactira pulchripes or Golden Blue Leg Baboon Tarantula is an old-world terrestrial Baboon species. This spider is from the eastern hemisphere, it doesn’t have urticating hairs, but it can have medically significant venom. In South Africa, this species is found mainly in temperate, arid areas. This species is found in the hot, dry, sunny areas of South Africa. Their body temperature is about 72 degrees Fahrenheit but that varies based on the region and time of year.

Golden Blue Leg Baboon Tarantula

Physical Description 

Harpactira pulchripes is also known as the Golden Blue Leg Baboon Tarantula. This stunning South African native is a known and sought-after hobby for its shading of gold and metallic blue. With beautiful colors and body, this is a beauty that I think will stay put for a very long time House Blue Leg Baboons are small and tough. They have a good appetite, they’re great at burrowing. It’s a great book to add to your collection of great hobbies.

Scientific NameHarpactira pulchripes
Common NameGolden Blue Leg Baboon
TypeFossorial Burrower
CategoryOld World
Endemic LocationSouth Africa
Body Length2” (5cm)
Diagonal Leg Span (DLS)5” (13cm)
Urticating HairsNo
Growth Ratemedium
Life ExpectancyFemales 12 years / Males 2-3 years
Recommended Experience LevelIntermediate

Growth Rate and Temperament of Harpactira pulchripes

This harpactiria pulchripes grows rapidly, with males growing to around 3 inches and maturing in a year or two and females reaching up to 5-6 inches in size and taking about two years to mature. Golden blue-legged baboons are a very old-world species and are typically skittish and often run and hide. They are typically calm and easy to handle. These tarantulas can be violent when they feel endangered.

Harpactiria is most commonly kept as a pet. They make good pets because they are quiet, docile, easy to care for, and have a strong bond with their owners. Babies can be hand raised from birth, but they require constant supervision and socialization as they grow older. Harpactiria is considered one of the most beautiful tarantulas in the world and is usually kept as a pet.


The size, strength, speed, and venom of this tarantula are intermediate to advanced. They can be a bit easier than most other tarantula species, but not much easier. They are more “easygoing” than most Old World species which makes them a common first Old World species for the intermediate keeper. 

The enclosure of Golden Blue Leg Baboon Tarantula

You want to make sure the enclosure you build does not extend too high above the floor, because this will give the Golden Blue Leg Baboon Tarantula an opportunity to fall and hurt itself. It’s an obligate burrowing spider, so an adequate surface area should be provided for the spider to rest on and explore.

Your enclosure should be tall enough to support slings and larger tarantulas (6″) and have plenty of vegetation, sticks, or vertical cork bark for them to use as anchor points for webbing. They don’t normally move more than 10 cm away from their burrow. Tarantulas are one of the largest spider species and have no problem finding a suitable den to call home. You don’t need much space to make sure these spiders are happy and healthy.


While most adult Harpactira pulchripes will adopt a hide, slings often prefer to burrow. There are many good options for substrate, but coco fiber is my favorite because it has the most nutrients for little money. Make sure the substrate you choose is organic, chemical-free, and pesticide free. You should not use sand, pebbles, rocks or wood chips, or anything else that could possibly cut or hurt the pet tarantula.

Golden Blue Leg Baboon Tarantula

Golden Blue Leg Baboon Tarantula would rather adopt or retrofit an existing hide or carcass than create one from the deep substrate. Cork tubes half-buried in the substrate are what we use for our adult female snakes. The bottle will excavate one side of the cork tube to its liking.


A Harpactira pulchripes tarantula should be provided with a shallow water dish in which it can be drunk. Whenever a water bowl needs to be cleaned, we should rinse and refill it every time. They will not need any misting, and will probably thrive without it. As their substrate doesn’t retain water as much as bark or wood it doesn’t require frequent misting. 

Feeding Golden Blue Leg Baboon Tarantula

Adult spiders, Harpactira pulchripes, will eat every six to fourteen days depending on the size of the tarantula. It is suggested that spiderlings should eat more often, about once a week. Feeding crickets, mealworms, or roaches to your pet is not an acceptable practice.

Spiders in the size range from.75″ can only eat foods small enough for it to overpower. If you plan on breeding your own tarantulas, feeding them wild-caught food is not a good idea. It could contain parasites or pesticides that could be deadly to your pet. If you keep your tarantula’s enclosure clean, you will not have any pests. You should feed them fresh grass or mealworms twice a week, keeping their cage moist. This is recommended to remove uneaten prey items after three hours. Dubia roach is fine to leave in the enclosure with a tarantula. If it doesn’t bother the tarantula it is safe for it to stay in the enclosure with the roach. 

Are golden blue-leg baboons the best pet?

This Golden Blue Leg Baboon Tarantula is a wonderful addition to any tarantula collection. It’s a top choice for many people and it’s the highest ranking in the Tarantulas section.

Most of these species are interesting looking because of their amazing feeding responses, coloration, and extensive webbing to their legs. They’re also very relaxed as pets since they spend a lot of time out on display. It’s also a good choice if you’re starting out in keeping Old World tarantula as it’s easy to get started and the husbandry is straightforward and simple These beautiful tarantulas are amazing, but they’re also incredibly collectible. If you’re a fan of tarantulas, then the Blue Leg Baboon is the right choice for you.

Are golden blue-leg baboons poisonous?

The Golden Blue Leg Baboon is an old-world terrestrial baboon and can have medically significant venom. This spider is from the eastern hemisphere, but it doesn’t have urticating hairs, so it’s not dangerous for humans to touch.

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