Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula
Red-Knee Tarantula


Scientific name: Brachypelma smithi
Family: Theraphosidae
Classification: Arachnida

Place of Origin: Central Pacific coast of Mexico
Lifespan: Females live 25-30 years
Weight: 0.5-1 oz.
Body size: up to 5.5 inches long
Diet: They feed primarily on insects like grasshoppers, beetles, other small spiders and arthropods, and will sometimes eat small lizards

Fun Facts

  • When a young tarantula loses a leg, it generally is no big deal because the tarantula can regrow that leg as it molts
  • With their efficient digestive system, tarantulas can last a very long time without eating. For some tarantula species, adults can survive up to two years as long as they have water available.
  • When males and females meet, they must decide if they are compatible through a courtship dance.

Conservation Status

Near Threatened

Annual Cost of Care

The cost to care for this animal per year is $100.

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