Acquired: Pet store
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Posted Jun 16, 2015
Brachypelma is my favourite genus, as all the spiders in this group tend to be docile, handleable, easy to care for and very attractive. In the wild Brachypelma will often live in fairly deep burrows, but in captivity they are usually quite a confident species and easily visible. Warning though: whilst Brachypelma are unlikely to attack or bite, they do have the defense mechanism of kicking off the hairs on the abdomen, which can be very irritating to the hands or eyes if you're too close.
B. Boehmei - the Mexican Fire Leg - is especially attractive, with a striking red carapace, jet black abdomen, and red stripes from the second leg segement to the fourth.
I would definitely recommend this species as a pet.