Tarantula By Temperament

Semi Docile North American Tarantula Species

Costa Rican Red Tarantula (Brachypelma angustum) Jon Fouskaris

Costa Rican Red Tarantula

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Although they do not have red bodies, Costa Rican Red Tarantulas are appealing, medium-sized, tarantulas. They get their name from the shaggy red hairs on the legs and abdomen. Costa Rican Red Tarantulas actually have a black to dark brown overall color. These tarantulas are not as docile as other Brachypelma species, but they are just as rewarding. Costa Rican Red Tarantulas will flick urticating hairs as a primary defense. They are smaller than most Brachypelma species also, but they are heavy-bodied. Costa Rican Red Tarantulas are pretty hard to obtain in captivity. Surprisingly, Costa Rican Red Tarantulas are usually not very expensive though. They resemble Mexican Redrump Tarantulas (Brachypelma vagans) in appearance, although Mexican Redrump Tarantulas are generally larger. If you a beginner, and are looking for a less docile species, the Costa Rican Red Tarantula should be considered.

Photo Description: ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by Jon Fouskaris - Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.


Forests of southern Mexico and Central America.




Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects.

Full Grown Size:

3.5 to 4 inches.

Growth Rate:

Medium speed.


75 to 85? 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.


Semi-docile and nervous


75 to 80%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.


2 to 3 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.


Logs, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places.

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