Socotra Island Blue Baboon (Monocentrophus balfouri)


  • Common name: Socotra Island Blue Baboon
  • Scientific name: Monocentrophus balfour
  • Type: Old World, Terrestrial, Communal
  • Temperature: 24 – 26℃
  • Humidity: 50 – 60%
  • Adult Size: 10 – 12cm
  • Current Size: 1cm


The Socotra Island Blue Baboon (Monocentrophus balfouri) is an interesting species and unlike most tarantulas in the trade is an Old world tarantula as the name suggests. This species is rare and unique from appearance to temperament and has many surprises to offer, some yet to be discovered.

The Socotra Island Blue Baboon is a relatively rare and new tarantula to the trade. This is a fast growing, semi-dwarf species that can reach maturity at the age of two (2) years. At full size this tarantula can reach a size of 10-12cm with the male not much smaller than the female. This semi-fast tarantula lifespan is yet to be determined for males and females alike, however a female has been rumoured to survive for 20 years.

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