Mexican Redknee Tarantulas
The Mexican redknee tarantula (Brachypelma smithi) is black in color with orange patching at the leg joints. Once molting has taken place, their coloration becomes more pronounced. These arachnids grow up to 17 cm in size and dwell in warm, humid locales. They are native to Mexico. It is found in the pet trade and considered a good beginning tarantula due their laid-back nature. Due to overcollection, it is now CITES-protected and considered endangered in the wild.
Like most other tarantulas, the Mexican redknee tarantula consumes crickets, other large insects and some small vertebrates, such as lizards and mice. These tarantulas are among the longest-living tarantulas, with females living up to 30 years.
Mexican redknee tarantulas are docile arachnids. However, they will defend themselves when provoked. An attack often includes biting or flicking barbed hairs at approaching predators. While the bite of the Mexican redknee tarantula is not fatal to humans, it can produce localized pain akin to that of a bee or wasp sting. In the event of a severe reaction to any spider bite, seek medical attention.