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Mexican Bloodleg Tarantula

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Scientific name: Aphonopelma bicoloratum

The basics:
The Mexican Bloodleg Tarantula is a terrestrial burrower from the scrubland and desert areas off the Pacific side of Southern Mexico. These are often found burrowed under rocks and other items.

Appearance / health:
As their name suggests, these tarantulas have a red or reddish-orange color on their legs; this color is also on their back. The rest of their body is primarily black, including the abdomen. When males reach adulthood and maturity, they lose the red coloring and will be black overall. The size for these species at full grown is around 5 inches.

Behavior / temperament:
The Mexican Bloodleg is a very docile and calm species and is greatly recommended for beginners. They do flick hairs off their abdomen, but this species does not do this often. Since this is a slow growing species, it will live many years in captivity if cared for properly. The only downfall with this species is that they are very hard to find and if you find one for sale it will be priced pretty high.

Housing:
Adults of this species will live comfortably in a 5 or 10 gallon tank. Young tarantulas and spiderlings will be safest in a clear plastic container until they are big enough for the 5-10 gallon tank. Since they are terrestrial, floor space is more important than height.

The temperature range needs to be 80-90F with humidity levels around 70-75%. Provide a substrate of peat moss and vermiculite that is 4-6 inches deep. The substrate should be kept moist enough to allow burrowing, but not overly wet. Tank décor should be something to allow this species to hide and/or burrow under. No other decorations are needed, but can be added to make it look nicer.

Diet:
As with feeding any type of animal, variety is best. These tarantulas will take any type of insects like crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers, and the like. Spiderlings and younger tarantulas will accept pin head crickets and fruit flies.

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