Not many African arboreals are available in the hobby. Heteroscodra maculata is one of the most popular. Both large size and unique contrasting pattern contribute to its popularity. Keep in mind it’s not one for handling: All precautions for keeping Old World species apply (see The Tarantula Keepers Guide (TKG) by Stanley and Marguerite Schultz). It will climb and web the sides of its enclosure, as well as adjacent bark and branches. Coming from the forests of Togo, Africa, H. maculata is comfortable and may even thrive in warmth and humidity, but many have raised and bred this species in living room enclosures, with a water dish or other simple measures to prevent dehydration.
The photo above, courtesy O. Jackson-Weaver, is of a young female.
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