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M. Balfouri - Monocentropus balfouri

$320.00 $420.00

Discover the M. Balfouri: The Social Butterfly of Tarantulas 🕷️🕷️🕷️
The most social and communal tarantula species of ALL tarantula species.

Expertly Nurtured at Urban Tarantulas 🌱

I'm humbled yet proud to share our unique expertise in breeding M. Balfouri tarantulas. We've cultivated the nation's largest and most thriving communal setup. For an exclusive peek, check out our social media channels.

Starting Your Own Communal 🕷️🏘️

When you acquire M. Balfouri juveniles from us, rest assured they're more than just healthy; they're thriving youngsters, a reflection of our unparalleled expertise in breeding this unique species. While their sizes may differ depending on what's available, I promise you won't get any delicate newborns. Think of it as skipping the diaper stage and going straight to the fun part. 🕷️ Your tarantulas will arrive as a cohesive group, primed for communal living, unless you opt for a solitary individual. Simply introduce them to their new habitat as a unit, and they'll be ready to flourish.

Investing in a Gravid/Paired Female 🕷️💕

Opting for a gravid or paired female? That's fantastic! While I can't offer a 100% guarantee that she'll lay a sac, know that she's been the belle of the ball, paired with multiple mature males. It's like she's been on several successful spider dates, increasing the odds of future spiderlings.

The Importance of Community 🕷️🕸️

Keeping your tarantulas together is like hosting a never-ending spider slumber party. Aim for a communal of at least five for the ultimate arachnid dream team. Once you separate these eight-legged roomies, reuniting them isn't recommended. For the ultimate arachnid dream team, aim for a communal of at least five. But if you're on a budget, a solo M. Balfouri is like the Beyoncé of spiders—still fabulous on its own.

Future Additions

If you start with two or more tarantulas, you'll have the flexibility to expand your communal setup later on.

Enclosure Size Recommendations 📏

  • 1-5 babies: 5x5x3 container
  • 6-12 babies: 8x8x5 container
  • 13-25 babies: 12x12x6 container

Enclosure Etiquette 🕷️🏠

Start with a compact space to encourage closeness and avoid territorial behavior. As they grow, you can transition them to larger habitats. The aim is to make it easy for them to find each other, as they naturally tend to stay close in a communal setting.

Notes on Species 📝

  • Communal Living: M. Balfouri tarantulas are the extroverts of the spider world.
  • Low Maintenance: They're incredibly easy to care for.
  • Unique Social Behavior: They often share meals, a behavior unique to this species.
  • Suitable for All: Ideal for both novice and seasoned keepers.

Care/Husbandry 🕷️🌵

  • Climate Preferences: Dry and arid
  • Misting: Light spritz on the enclosure walls and a weekly misting for the substrate.
  • Temperature: Best between 77° and 80°

Additional information.

  • Latin/Scientific Name: Monocentropus Balfouri
  • Commonly Known As: Socotra Island Blue Baboon
  • Type: Terrestrial with a flair for opportunistic burrowing
  • Category: A distinguished member of the Old World Baboon spiders, hailing from Africa
  • Habitat: Native to the exotic Socotra Island, just off the Yemeni coast
  • Size: Females boast an impressive legspan, stretching between 6.5 to 7.0 inches
  • Urtication Hairs: None, this beauty prefers not to irritate
  • Stridulation: Absolutely! Fondly referred to as their "bark," these tarantulas aren't shy about making noise when disturbed, and that is called stridulation.
  • Growth Rate: Highly responsive to temperature; at a cozy 77°F, they're practically in the fast lane of growth
  • Life Expectancy: Females can grace your life for up to 15 years, while males have a max of 4 years
  • Recommended for: Keepers of all experience levels; this tarantula is an equal-opportunity charmer