Megaphobema robustum
-Colombian Giant Redleg

Common name: Colombian Giant Redleg

Adult Size: BIG 18 to 20cm

Type: New World, Terrestrial. Opportunistic burrower.

Growth Rate: Medium to Fast.

Temperament: Calm, but skittish when frightened or provoked.

Lifespan: Females (16 to 20 years) | Males (3 to 5 years)

Recommended Climate: Bogotá, Columbia. 24-28°C

Recommended Humidity: 70-80%.

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.

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Description

Scientific Name: Megaphobema robustum

Common name: Colombian Giant Redleg

Megaphobema robustum is a very impressive and interesting species of bird spider with females reaching around 20cm (8 inches) when full grown. Their dark coloration contrasting with various hues of light browns and reds make this tarantula a rather large piece of eye-candy. They are opportunistic burrowers and enjoy moving things around when they feel like it.

Although they seem docile, they can be a little defensive and have an interesting way of bobbing up and down as a first warning for anything they consider to be a threat. The Columbian Giant Redleg also possesses large thorny spikes hidden between bushy bristles on it’s hind legs, and any further annoyance will be met with another strange defensive behavior for this species, where it will spin around trying to kick it’s spiky hind legs in the direction of the threat. We’ve also seen large juvenile males display a full threat pose with gaping fangs the way an old world baboon tarantula would.

What we find weird about this species is that although they’re quite bold, they can be unpredictably skittish and suddenly bolt to safety at high speed without any warning, so look out for that.

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