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tirsdag den 22. april 2008

Mexican Bloodleg Tarantula (Aphonopelma bicoloratum)

The Mexican Bloodleg Tarantula is easily one of the best beginner tarantulas on the market! A combination of the color and gentle disposition makes the Mexican Bloodleg Tarantula an excellent pet species. These tarantulas are docile, and they don't flick urticating hairs very often. Due to their extremely slow growth, Mexican Bloodleg Tarantulas are also one of the longest lived tarantula species! Unfortunately, this species is rare, so many beginners won't be able to go into a pet shop and take one home with them. Also, captive breedings are not frequent. When Mexican Bloodleg Tarantulas are available for sale, the price is high. The Mexican Bloodleg Tarantula is a fairly new species to the hobby, another factor when the price is involved. A unique thing about this species, is the males, upon maturity, loose all the orange and gold that you see in the picture to the left, and become completely black! This tarantula does not get very large, but it makes up for it's size in beauty. In conclusion, desirable Mexican Bloodleg Tarantulas can be expensive and hard to find, but for a beginner, they are well worth the money, and yours will be with you for a long time!

Range Pacific side of southern Mexico, in scrubland and deserts.
Type Terrestrial, but will burrow to some extent.
Diet Spiderlings will eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults will eat crickets, and other large insects.
Full Grown Size 3.5 to 4 inches.
Growth Slow speed.
Temperature 75 to 90° F.
Humidity 70 to 75%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" legspan may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.
Temperament Docile and calm.
Housing Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 5 to 10-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.
Substrate 4 to 5 inches of potting soil or peat moss mixed with vermiculite. Some sort of hiding spot is a good addition to the tank set-up.
Decor No decorations are really needed, but you can add a log, or cork bark.
Other Names N/A.

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