Ceratogyrus darlingi (rear-horned baboon), captive-bred, originally from southern Africa. A popular, medium-size terrestrial adapted to dry scrub habitat. An Old World species, not to be handled.
Ceratogyrus darlingi was described in 1897 by Pocock from 3 adult females collected near Chivu, Zimbabwe. Five years later, in 1902, Ceratogyrus bechuanicus was described from 2 adult males found near Mochudi, Botswana. Subsequently, C. bechuanicus was synonymized with C. darlingi, thus giving C. darlingi the most extensive Ceratogyrus geographical distribution in southern Africa. West to east it is found in central Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and northern South Africa*:
Adapted from J.I. De Wet and A.S. Dippenaar-Schoeman, 1991. A Revision of the genus Ceratogyrus Pocock (Araneae: Theraphosidae) Koedoe 34(2): 39-68. Pretoria.
A female will attain a leg span of 5 inches in adulthood. Males mature faster and at a considerably smaller size. C. darlingi is easy to keep and breed, with no special requirements other than room temperature, a dry enclosure, and once or twice weekly feedings. C. darlingi does not dig much in captivity; it appreciates a hide. As with all African ‘baboons,’ C. darlingi is defensive and should not be handled. Use tongs for feeding and cups for transfers. With these requirements met, C. darlingi makes a safe, worthy, and exciting introductory species to African tarantula keeping.
*Some references cite distribution extending farther eastward, to Mozambique.
The photo above is of an adult female.
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