Tliltocatl sabulosum
-Guatemalan Red Rump

Previously: Brachypelma sabulosum

Adult Size: 13cm to 15cm

Type: New World, Terrestrial

Growth Rate: Medium

Temperament: Good for beginners. Docile and hardy.

Lifespan: Females (20 to 25 years) | Males (4 to 5 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.

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Scientific Name: Tliltocatl sabulosum

Previously: Brachypelma sabulosum

Common names: Guatemalan Red Rump

Very similar in looks to the Mexican Red Rump with it’s velvety black appearance and glowing red rump setae/hairs, but probably slightly better looking and even more docile, the Guatemalan Red Rump is one calm customer.

Even photographing this species is a pleasure because they’re quite happy to just pose, not worried about any movement or disturbance. Excessive pestering might be met with a flick of urticating hairs, but they’re otherwise known to be hardy and easy going with a calm and docile temperament, this species is a treat for beginners. Not only that, it’s willingness to relax out in the open makes it a fantastic display tarantula.

Although not necessarily a burrower, this species will make good use of a shelter. They will usually excavate some substrate and move things about until they’re happy and will use the hide as a base of operations, but they won’t stay in there very long and will move about quite a bit.

Don’t think twice if you’re a beginner and you want something easy going to start with.