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.auratum - Mexican Flame Knee - used to be considered the same species as the more famous Mexican Red Knee. The red markings on this species are a little smaller though and with a slight different patterning and I've found them a little bit more prone to burrowing. Still a stunning tarantula that you will see often, and very easy to provide an enclosure for.
I would definitely recommend this species as a pet.