North American Tarantula Species
Mexican Bloodleg Tarantula (Aphonopelma bicoloratum) Jon Fouskaris
The Mexican Bloodleg Tarantula is easily one of the best beginner tarantulas on the market! A combination of the colour 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 breeding's 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!
Photo Description: SUB-ADULT MALE - Specimen provided by Frank Somma. - Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.
Pacific side of southern Mexico, in scrubland and deserts.
Terrestrial, but will burrow to some extent..
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.
75 to 90? F.
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.
Docile and calm.
70 to 75%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.
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.
No decorations are really needed, but you can add a log, or cork bark.