M.Balfouri Adult Female 4.5-5 In
M.Balfouri Adult Female 4.5-5 In
This listing is for ONE adult female Monocentropus Balfouri.
Particular females has been successfully paired with at least one mature male.
All mature females are paired, and they go through a rotation with multiple males.
She is most likely gravid, although I cannot guarantee she will lay an egg sac.
If the female does drops an egg sac:
If she does lay a sac, congratulations.
You will soon hopefully be a tarantula mom/dad.
At this point, stop feeding the female.
Your only responsibility from this point is to make sure in the enclosure there are no dead crickets/roaches or dead bolis that might invite mold or fungi to grow.
Do not remove the egg sac from the female.
Wait about 35 days and the babies should start to come out of the egg sac.
Throw large crickets into the enclosure once you start seeing babies.
The mama will kill the crickets, and the babies will scavenge on the dead prey.
They average Balfouri egg sac size is around 35 babies.
You can remove the babies from the mother after they reach about 1 inch or so.
This can take several months.
Do not take babies out before.
Notes on species:
The M. Balfouri is the most communal species of all species in the tarantula hobby.
They are super easy to take care of.
They require very low maintenance, and they adapt to just about any type of environment.
They are a treat to watch in an environment where they live together, thrive together, and compete for food.
Often in a communal setting, you can see a group of them hunting together on a larger prey like a large hissing cockroach, an adult dubia cockroach, or even a small mouse.
After taking down their pretty, they often huddle next to one another and share a large meal.
No other species that I have worked with shares this type of behavior.
Highly recommended for any level of keeper.
- They love the drier and more arid environment.
Occasional misting on the sides of the enclosure is recommended.
I would recommend an enclosure around 12x8x6 for one adult female.
Once a week, mist the substrate.
Water dish is not necessary, but you can provide one if you want.
For more information on enclosures, check out our FAQ.
- They love heat. The hotter your temperature, the faster they mature.
They will tolerate temperatures anywhere from 63° all the way up to 85° and sometimes even higher, but they thrive in the temperatures around 77°-80°.
Other useful information
Latin/Scientific name: Monocentropus Balfouri
Common name: Socotra Island Blue Baboon
Type: Terrestrial, opportunistic burrowing
Category: Baboon, old world. African species.
Locale: Socotra Island off the coast of Yemen
Size: Large female legspan can reach 6.5in to 7.0in across.
Urtication hairs: None at all
Stridulation: Absolutely. I call it a “bark”… quite often this species makes a loud stridulation sound when disturbed.
Growth rate: Highly temperature dependent. In the high’s of 77° they grow super fast.
Life expectancy: Females up to 15 years, males 4 years max.
Recommended experience level: All levels.
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I charge a standard rate of $50 for shipping tarantulas, and isopods.
I take a loss on shipping, on every package.
There are many costs associated with shipping that are not evident on the surface level:
An insulated box.
The vials that the animals go inside of have to be drilled a certain way.
The preparation of the vials with padding takes labor to make.
So $50 for shipping is actually a bargain.
Packages go out usually Monday/Tuesday and sometimes Wednesday.
I will not ship after Wednesday, because if there are shipping delays, I do not want it to go over the weekend.
Live Arrival Guarantee:
I offer LAG (Live Arrival Guarantee) on every single package that I ship.
Animals usually arrive at your doorstep, or your nearest FedEx hub the following day after I ship. Usually 10am, but that is not always the case.
Sometimes it might take an additional day to arrive, but that is rare.
In the RARE case that the animal/s arrive DOA (dead on arrival), the receiver MUST send photos and video to me within an hour documenting the condition of the said animal.
We will then discuss replacement options if that is the case.
I've been shipping and sending hundreds if not thousands of packages over the last 10 years with an impeccable track record.
Shipping costs on DOA’s are never refundable.
Local Pick Up:
Local pick up in Los Angeles is always available.
If you live close, come pick up the animals.
I can also personally deliver the animals the same/next day if the order is over $200.
Where do you get your enclosures?
For a good quality enclosure, I recommend Herpcult Enclosures
What substrate do you use?
I prefer coco fiber substrate mixed with peat. Usually a 80/20 mixture.
Coco or similar
Sphagnum Peat Moss or similar
What temperature do you keep your tarantulas in?
I have my room set at 80°F, but they will be perfectly fine in temperatures between 69°F-83°F. I prefer using the Govee thermometer.
Are tarantulas venomous?
Yes, all spiders are venomous. However, tarantulas do not possess a medically significant venom. There have been no records of any humans dying due to a tarantula bite.
What happens if I get bit by a tarantula?
On the rare occasion that you get bit by a tarantula, remain calm. Do not run hot water over the wound because it will speed up the spread of the venom. Instead, clean the bite mark with room temperature water and monitor your symptoms. If your pain does not go away, please consult a physician.
What do you feed your tarantulas?
I feed my tarantulas crickets, roaches, mealworms, or superworms. However, crickets are always the easiest and most accessible from pet stores.
Tongs I use are- My favorite option or a less expensive alternative.
How often do you feed your tarantulas?
I feed my tarantulas once a week or bi-weekly.