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.