Brachypelma emilia
-Mexican Red Leg

Common names: Mexican Red Leg | Mexican True Red Leg

Adult Size: 13cm to 15cm

Type: New World, Terrestrial  / Semi-Fossorial

Growth Rate: Medium

Temperament: Great for beginners. Docile to Skittish.

Lifespan: Females (20 to 25 years) | Males (6 to 8 years)

Origin: Central America, Mexico

Recommended Climate:  26-28°C (Summer), 22-24°C (Winter)

Recommended Humidity: 60-70%

Basic Enclosure Requirements: Terrestrial setup with at least 4 x the size of the spider in horizontal space, 5cm to 10cm of substrate with a shelter and a water dish.

Photo Credit: | Isaiah Rosales | Lara Rudolph

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Scientific Name: Brachyppelma emilia

Common names: Mexican Red Leg | Mexican True Red Leg

Another wonderful Brachypelma species, the Mexican Red Leg tarantula is also a sought after species for beginners. Unfortunately, just like Brachypelma smithi/hamori, it’s popularity has found it being snatched out of the wild in huge numbers to satisfy the hobby and has found itself on the CITES protection list.

When younger, the Mexican Red Leg can be a bit skittish or quick to flick urticating bristles if disturbed and is even bold enough to stand it’s ground. However it mellows with age and becomes quite docile in most cases. However, we have kept a specimen that flicked urticating bristles for just about any disturbance and remained skittish in to adulthood so learn and become familiar with your own unique specimen.