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What is the orange baboon tarantula?

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The orange baboon tarantula is a tan to golden spider native to the dry Savannah scrublands of Africa, particularly in Kenya, Tanzania and Zaire. Reaching up to 6 inches in size, the nocturnal spider feeds on insects, small lizards and rodents.

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Its body is covered in short hair, with longer hair lining the legs. Its color varies by geographical distribution. The burrowing species adapts to a variety of habitats and often lines its tunnels with silk. While popular in the exotic pet trade, the orange baboon tarantula is not recommended for beginners or those looking for a "hands-on" arachnid, as the species is known to be aggressive and bears a painful, venomous bite.

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