Scientific name: Brachypelma hamorii
Proposed new scientific name: Brachypelma annitha
Previous scientific names: Brachypelma smithi
Common Names: Mexican Redknee | Red Knee Tarantula
Definitely one of the “Teddy Bear” tarantulas in the hobby, this species is famous for a reason. Not only is it super-docile, strikingly colored, will probably live longer than you will and a species that many consider handling, it’s truly famous through all it’s appearances in films and TV shows we’ve seen over the years, particularly in the film “ARACHNOPHOBIA”, where it was the mother species of all the spiders that were killing everyone in town, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
Due to their calm and docile nature, these tarantulas are one of the most handled spiders in the hobby. They really have to be very annoyed before urticating hairs are flicked and we’ve never heard of any defensive behavior being displayed throughout the hobby at all. We’ve seen people walking around at pet shows with their Mexican Red Knee perched on their shoulder, giving them to various people to hold and the specimen seems completely happy to play along. In an enclosure, they make one of the best species to keep as a display specimen with their size, gorgeous coloring and willingness to stay out in the open. Expect to keep this spider for a large part of your life, because female life expectancy has been said to reach up to 40 years… even more… For a bug, that’s pretty impressive.
Unfortunately, with this being one of the most popular species in the hobby, they’re still being over-harvested from their natural habitat, landing them on the CITES red list and may be causing changes to this species in future, so where possible always buy hobby bred specimens.
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