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-West African Huntsman-

Barylestis occidentalis 


-Genus Barylestis contains several species of large, variably patterned huntsman spiders mostly confined to Africa. B. saaristoi being the only member of the genus from Asia. These spiders inhabit tropical regions and appreciate warm humid environments. They are quite active and regularly patrol their environment when hunting prey. 


-Provide these spiders with vertically oriented enclosures and layers of flat bark or other structures to perch on and retreat behind. They often 'squirrel' defensivley and rapidly rotate to the underside of structures to avoid confrontation. Avoid wet or swampy conditions, but mist frequently and feed often. 


-Like many huntsman spiders, these are quite 'leggy' and diagonal legspan for females is generally 3-4". 

West African Huntsman

  • All sizes are approximations, as these are living creatures some variables will occur. Measurement for spiders is 'DLS' (diagonal leg span). This measurement method is determined when the animal is at rest from the front leg's natural extension to the rearmost legs natural resting position.

  • All live orders are shipped via FedEx priority overnight. All animals are guaranteed to arrive alive and in good health. For residential or business deliveries you are required to receive the package at first delivery attempt. For orders held for pick-up at shipping centers, you are required to claim the package by end of day. Otherwise the Live arrival guarantee is voided.

    In the event of a DOA I request photographic documentation of such, and notification within an hour of receiving the package. A refund of the animals purchase price will be issued or a replacement specimen scheduled for shipping. No refund of shipping costs is available. 

    Orders will be shipped in insulated shipping containers and when appropriate, will be shipped with either heating or cooling packs. 

    If you wish to combine live orders and merchandise in a single package please contact us via email to work out details regarding your order and the safest method to accomplish such. 

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