Indiana, United States
Posted Mar 20, 2015
Mexican Red Knees are great for anyone looking for a tarantula that's easy to take care of and relatively docile. If you don't like to have something cuddly and needy, this could be the right choice.
Tank upkeep is pretty simple because spiders are relatively clean and don't make much of a smell. Give your spider some substrate, a place to hide, and a steady supply of water, and it'll be fine. This species can easily live a couple decades if taken care of properly.
They don't grow to be very big (think 5-6 inches), so they're pretty easy raise and handle as well.
As others have probably stated, the only cons to keeping this pet are:
- its fragility (which is normal for an invertebrate, just be careful!)
- its tendency to shoot hairs when alarmed
- possible finicky eating habits
All of these problems can be avoided or remedied through patience and careful handling. As with any pet, as long as you're willing to put in the work, you'll have a healthy and happy animal for many years to come.