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HORNED BABOON SPIDER - Ceratogyrus brachycephalus by Magaret Meintjes

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Views 733 2011/07/28
Camera NikonD50
Lens Sigma 70-300mm DG

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CAPTURED LOCATION; Groenland Safari’s, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa

These are mostly robust, hairy spiders which usually live in burrows or silk-lined retreats (some construct trapdoor lids to their retreats). In Southern Africa most burrow in the ground, with the exception of the tree trapdoor spiders and sheet-web mygalomorphsk which live above the ground, and the micromygalormorphs (family Microstigmatidae), which are found in the undergrowth of humid forests.
Not known to be harmful to man. Bites are painful due to the size and depth of punctures from the huge fangs, up to 10mm. In most cases the venom are mild. The effects of bites from the lesser baboon spider, Harpactirella lightfooti, may be more severe.


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  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

  • Yool
    Yoolover 4 years ago

    OMG….that is a big one…..great catch Mags !!!!!

  • Thank you so much sweetie, takecare xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieover 4 years ago

    I liked this so much… Guess what?

    WOW, you keep him where ever i am not,great capture

  • Wow! Thank you so much for the lovely surprise, I am humbly honoured! Promise will keep him here! take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • phil1950
    phil1950over 4 years ago

    Cool shot, well done

  • Thank you so much phil, take care!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • lilleesa78
    lilleesa78over 4 years ago

    Great scary spider!

  • I agree! Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Brian Edworthy
    Brian Edworthyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful!! and brave work =)

  • Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment Brian,much appreciated!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettover 4 years ago

    Very sharp photo. Great and brave job. Brenda

  • Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment Brenda, take care x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature of this well captured spider!
    It’s always a bit difficult to tell, but in some ways this looks similar to our Wolf Spider and it seems to be a similar size (leg span) to our Huntsman.

  • Wow, glad I am far away I am petrified of spiders Trish, this one gave me the creeps! I did the capture and left with speed!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • mamba
    mambaover 4 years ago

    Great capture Magaret! One of my favourite spiders. Congratulations on your well deserved feature.

  • Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment mamba,really appreciate it, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture, congratulations!

  • Thank you so much for your visit and very kind comment, much appreciated, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

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