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Mexican Redleg Tarantula (Brachypelma emilia)

The Mexican redleg tarantula is a spider closely related to the Mexican redknee tarantula. Due to this species’ docile nature and longevity, they are popular as pets.

Mexican Redleg Tarantula

Scientific Classification

  • Family: Theraphosidae
  • Genus: Brachypelma

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: 18-19 cm

Color: Their body is dark brown, with a lighter carapace and a dark abdomen. The carapace has a distinct black triangle, while from the second joint onwards, the spider’s legs are orange, pink, or red, giving it its name.

Other Characteristic Features: They weigh approximately 15-16 g.

Eggs

These spiders lay eggs inside a sac made of webbing.

Spiderlings

The spiderlings, or slings, have white legs and black bodies.

The Web

Like other tarantulas, they capture prey by ambushing them, not by webbing them.

Is the Mexican Redleg Tarantula Venomous

While venomous, this spider is reluctant to bite, instead flinging the urticating hair on its abdomen at any intruders.

Mexican Redleg

Quick Facts

Other names Red-legged tarantula
Lifespan Males: 5 years, Females: 30 years
Distribution Mexico, in the Sierra Madre Occidental in Sinaloa and Nayarit
Habitat Mountainous forests
Predators Birds, snakes, and hunting wasps
Diet Cockroaches, frogs, insects, mammals, mealworms, reptiles, scorpions, small birds, and other spiders

Did You Know

  • Scottish zoologist Adam White first described this tarantula in 1856 as Mygale Emilia. However, in 1891 French naturalist Eugène Louis Simon transferred it to the new genus Brachypelma, even becoming the type species.

Brachypelma emilia Tarantula

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The Mexican redleg tarantula is a spider closely related to the Mexican redknee tarantula. Due to this species’ docile nature and longevity, they are popular as pets.

Mexican Redleg Tarantula

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: 18-19 cm

Color: Their body is dark brown, with a lighter carapace and a dark abdomen. The carapace has a distinct black triangle, while from the second joint onwards, the spider’s legs are orange, pink, or red, giving it its name.

Other Characteristic Features: They weigh approximately 15-16 g.

Eggs

These spiders lay eggs inside a sac made of webbing.

Spiderlings

The spiderlings, or slings, have white legs and black bodies.

The Web

Like other tarantulas, they capture prey by ambushing them, not by webbing them.

Is the Mexican Redleg Tarantula Venomous

While venomous, this spider is reluctant to bite, instead flinging the urticating hair on its abdomen at any intruders.

Mexican Redleg

Quick Facts

Other names Red-legged tarantula
Lifespan Males: 5 years, Females: 30 years
Distribution Mexico, in the Sierra Madre Occidental in Sinaloa and Nayarit
Habitat Mountainous forests
Predators Birds, snakes, and hunting wasps
Diet Cockroaches, frogs, insects, mammals, mealworms, reptiles, scorpions, small birds, and other spiders

Did You Know

  • Scottish zoologist Adam White first described this tarantula in 1856 as Mygale Emilia. However, in 1891 French naturalist Eugène Louis Simon transferred it to the new genus Brachypelma, even becoming the type species.

Brachypelma emilia Tarantula

Image Source: thesprucepets.com, birdspiders.com, i.pinimg.com, mikebasictarantula.com

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