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Mexican Red Knee



GEO-LOCATION

Pacific side of Mexico.


HABITAT

Scrubland to desert habitat.

CHARACTERISTICS

a) Common Name

Mexican Red Knee.

b) Type

Terrestrial.

c) Temperament

The Mexican Red Knee tarantula was the first tarantula to enter the pet trade. This tarantula is by far the most popular of all the tarantulas. The combination of beautiful colours, large size and docile temperament makes this tarantula a must have for any collector.

d) Colouration

This tarantula has a black and white colouration with contrasting red bands on its knees.

e) Growth

Slow.

f) Full Grown Size

13cm 16cm (5 - 5.5 inches).

g) Lifespan

Females: 20+ years. Males generally live less than half that.

KEEPING THIS SPIDER IN CAPTIVITY

a) Cage setup

Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic container with air holes. Adults can live in a 1ft (10-gallon) tank. Floor space is more important than height.

b) Substrate

At least 5 - 7.5cm (2 - 3 inches) of peat.

c) Decor

No decorations are really needed, but you can add plastic plants, rocks and driftwood.

d) Temperature

24 32C (75 - 90F)

e) Humidity

75 to 80%

f) Water source

Sub-adults adults may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

g) Feeding

Spiderlings can be fed on pinhead crickets and other small insects. Adults can be fed on large crickets and other large insects, as well as an occasional pinkie mouse.