South Carolina, United States
Posted Jan 31, 2015
The Mexican Red Knee is a tie between the Rose hair. I would recommend both as great display, docile, large bodied tarantulas. I’ve never had an issue with mine eating. Even as a young juvi as he is now, he is already displaying a beautiful red color! He’s a great eater and very docile. Mexican Redknee do take forever and a day to grow though. So if you were to buy one as a juvi, prepare for them to take years to grow. I think paint dries a little quicker than they grow! But they are wonderful. Pretty hard to find, I searched two reptile shows before I finally traded some dubia roaches for a Red Knee from a breeder. Though they take a while to grow, I would get one as a juvi. Adult females can range to upwards of 250$, males are a little cheaper. But they are well worth the money! Regardless of whether you want a display animal or to hold and teach for a class, these guys work both ways. My guy loves dubia roaches, he’s quick and fun to watch!
Though you can hold these guys, I generally use a glove just in case a few hairs get flicked off on accident. No matter how docile your tarantula may be, they are still wild at their core and still have mild venom. This venom is less than a bumblebee sting, but the fangs still hurt. I always tell people to have a healthy dose of respect of any animal. These guys are no exception.