Mexican Redknee Tarantula

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Range
Primarily found on the west coast of Mexico. Also found in Mexico’s rainforests while some individuals may reside in the southwestern United States and Panama.

Habitat
Deserts and rainforests in rocky areas, near bushes and logs and around cacti

Distinguishing Characteristics
The body of this tarantula is black or dark brown with leg joints that are a brilliant red or orange color. The legspan is 6-7 inches.

Dietary Classification
Diet in the Zoo: crickets, baby mice

Diet in the Wild: insects, small frogs, lizards, and mice

Life Span
Females typically live between 25-30 years while males rarely live over 10 years.

Behavior/Adaptations
Tarantulas ambush-hunt, generally at night. The spider will inject its prey with venom through two hollow fangs. The venom serves two purposes: 1. it paralyzes the victim. 2. it carries digestive juices that will liquefy the insides of the prey item.
The Mexican redknee is generally not aggressive which has made it popular in the pet trade.
When threatened, the spider can flick or drop hairs off of its back which, when making contact with skin, cause a painful rash. If the hairs get in the eyes, they can cause blindness.
One female can produce up to 700 young per year

Status
Not threatened but is on CITIES II due to overcollection for the pet trade. Exports and imports of wild caught specimens are illegal.