Posted Nov 18, 2014
The Mexican Red Knee Tarantula is widely known as a good starter spider to keep, and I agree. This spider needs a very basic environment to thrive, consisting of; minimal substrate, a place to hide (mine loves it's coconut husk) and constant available water, in the form of a bowl or misted on the side of its enclosure.
The MRKT is a fairly active spider which grows to around 6 inches long, making it easy to handle and entertaining to watch. Although this spider isn't as bright and beautiful as some it is a very robust and long growing breed (Females live to around 25 years) which makes it a much sturdier species for beginners.
The downside to this species is that it is sometimes known to be picky with feeding, often missing feeds and that, when spooked, it will fire off very small hairs which can cause itching and some pain if you have a reaction to them. However, both these issues can be avoided if you take your time in training your spider to trust you.