This tarantula was caught down in the Rift Valley by one of Meredith’s students, and was lovingly given to her as a pet. She was thrilled, sort of. Leg to leg it is about 4 inches wide. The scientific name is Pterinochilus chordatus, but as for common names, I found many, most of which contain Baboon Spider or Starburst Baboon Spider. This is a sought after spider in the tarantula market, but as one webite put it, it is not a pet for beginners. It is very defensive and agitates easily. If you poke it with a stick it immediately raises the front legs and displays its fangs. Its venom is mildly toxic, and it can also deliver a deep wound to the victim. I wish you could see it eat. It rips up its food in a most undignified fashion.