Scientific name: Brachypelma verdezi
The Mexican Rose Grey Tarantula is a terrestrial tarantula which is found in dry deciduous forests in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.
Appearance / health:
Adults attain a size of roughly 5-6" in leg span. Coloration is an overall grey-black, with a black triangle on the carapace and a rosy-brown setae (hair) that covers the abdomen.
Behavior / temperament:
Typically a relatively docile and calm spider, though some have been known to flick hairs if they feel threatened.
Terrestrial, with suitable room to burrow. Provide a medium to large size terrestrial enclosure, with enough substrate for the animal to burrow should it choose to do so. These can be kept fairly dry (low humidity) with a water dish. Suitable hiding places should be provided.
Invertebrates smaller than itself - crickets, roaches, mealworms.
Very challenging, even for those with tarantula breeding experience.
First spider (Mexican Rose Grey)
First, let me begin by saying this was not a pet for myself. I am terrified by spiders in general, and the thought of a tarantula initially gave me the "willies." Having said that, Harry has become far more my pet than my son's pet, for whom he was purchased as a birthday gift.
The Mexican Rose is incredibly hardy. I haven't had to have any kind of special heat or lighting, as my normal house temperatures are very sufficient for this guy to thrive. I handle him very infrequently, but when I do he is generally pretty calm. I keep him in a 10 gallon aquarium with coconut moss flooring and a few things to hide in. Mostly, he sits in small burrow he has made next to his water rock and waits for me to throw in unsuspecting crickets.
My only real complaint is that he is not very active, unless hungry. I guess I didn't know what to expect from a spider, so perhaps my hopes were higher.
In all, anyone interested in a tarantula really can't go wrong, and the price of the animal and supplies make is a perfect pet for people with limited budgets..
From zombiefolly Sep 18 2015 7:55PM