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Golden Blue Leg Baboon Tarantula - Harpactira pulchripes | 1 inch (Captive Bred)

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SPECIAL NOTE: USPS forbids shipping venomous spiders or scorpions in the mail.

Because of this, we ship these animals FedEx priority overnight for a flat fee of $39.99.

Defining Characteristics:

  • An eye catching spider from South Africa, these blue-legged cuties will grow up to be the crown jewel of any hobbyist’s collection.
  • Old World species aren’t suggested for beginning hobbyists, however this species is widely hailed as a good first foray into the keeping of Old World tarantulas
  • Generally reclusive and skittish, this species’ big appetite can get the best of them and they are often found with their little blue feet peeking out of their burrow on feeding day.

Name: Harpactira pulchripes has Latin and Greek roots meaning “plunderer” and “beautiful foot.” With their enthusiasm for prey and especially striking leg coloration, it’s not hard to see how their name came about. They are commonly known as the Golden Blue Legged Baboon.

Recommended Enclosure Size & Setup: This is an obligate burrowing species. Surface area of the enclosure should be no less than two times the spider's diagonal leg span in one direction and three times the diagonal leg span in the other. Never allow your terrestrial spider more than two times their diagonal leg span as head space above their substrate as a fall from any higher could be catastrophic.

 The enclosure should be tall enough to accommodate 2-3 inches of substrate for slings and 6+ inches for adults. ABG mixcoco cradle, or Dig-It are good substrate options, but our Pet Bug Team prefers ABG all the way!

Temperature (°F): Ideally kept between 70-76°, temperatures consistently 5 or more degrees outside of this range should be avoided for the well-being of the spider. This species' natural range only gets to temperatures of 80 degrees during the hottest months of the year, and as such they thrive in slightly lower temperatures than most tarantulas.

A reliable thermometer is strongly recommended.

Humidity: 65%-70% — These little ones aren’t especially moisture-tolerant as slings, and should be given a dry area in their environment so they don’t get overwhelmed by the dampness in the substrate. They are fine with around 1/3 of the enclosure moistened for safety’s sake as slings, and as they grow they'll be perfectly fine with just a water dish that gets overflowed occasionally.

A reliable hygrometer is strongly recommended to monitor humidity within the enclosure.

Size: These specimens sold by Josh's frogs will be at least 1 inch at time of sale. Adult females can reach up to 5-6 inches, and males top out around 3 inches.

Age: Golden Blue Legged Baboon slings sold by Josh's Frogs are at least 3 months old. A female can live 10-12 years, whereas males average about 3-4 years.

Feeding: These spiders are currently eating two to three 1/4 inch crickets, once a week. There are a variety of appropriate prey items that you can offer, such as roacheswaxwormsblack soldier fly larvaehornworms, and silkworms. Consider feeding your prey items with our gutload formula to give your pet well-rounded nutrition.

We recommend that the prey items not be much longer than the tarantula's “head” is wide. Larvae are an exception—our larvae are harmless. Since they are very high in fat, they're not the best staple diet, however they make a great weight gain supplement.

Remove uneaten prey items after 24 hours, these may stress your animal out or endanger the spider during molting. Never attempt to feed a freshly molted tarantula less than a week after their molt to prevent injury to the spider. Depending on its age, the hardening process could take anywhere from 48 hours all the way up to a week.

Sexing: Due to age, H. pulchripes spiderlings sold by Josh's Frogs are sold as unsexed. Specimens of 2.5-3 inch diagonal leg span will be able to start being accurately sexed. The most accurate method is always molt sexing, the molt of a female tarantula of appropriate size will have spermatheca and a uterus externus in between the top two sets of book lungs that will appear as a "flap" that will catch and open if a pin is gently run down this section of the old exoskeleton. Males will have a much more plain slit that will not budge with attempts to manipulate it.

Coloration/Patterning: Slings start out hinting at their adult coloration, generally a dark orange with black tipped feet, getting closer to their signature golden body with slate blue feet with each molt as they grow.

Social Behavior: H. pulchripes are not social creatures and any attempt to cohabitate will likely result in cannibalism.

Natural Range: South Africa

Still not sure if Golden Blue Leg Baboon tarantula from Josh's Frogs is the right pet for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!


After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.

With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.

If you require further assistance, or prefer to talk to one of our Customer Service agents, please feel free to reach out to our [email protected] email or our phone line 1-800-691-8178.

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very positive experience

The customer service and communication was excellent. I'm a first time customer and I was completely happy with this experience; and the packaging along with the shipping methods are the best I've experienced. Looking forward to seeing my new spider grow. Excellent company to do business with.

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