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Ornamental Baboon Tarantula

Discussion in 'Arachnids General' started by StoneSour, Mar 3, 2009.

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  1. StoneSour

    StoneSour Elite Member

    This is my female Heteroscodra maculata (Ornamental Baboon Tarantula).

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  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Something I have always wondered about.
    Why do they call them "baboon" tarantulas?
     
  3. wildheart

    wildheart Elite Member

    I've always wanted an Ornamental! You lucky gun she is stunning!!

    Merlin, I would say that the baboon is a direct translation from the Afrikaans word - Bobejaan Spinnekop. The tarantulas that originates from Africa always have baboon somewhere in their name. 'All' African tarantulas are called bobejaan spinnekoppe - English - baboon spider. They have long legs and are full of hair just like a baboon.;)

    It is like Boom-Slang - it is actually an Afrikaans name pronounced in English. If translated it is Tree-Snake. It is pronounced = Boom - with a rounded mouth like bloom but without the l and Slang - is a long word slaaang.;)
     
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