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Mexican redleg tarantula (Brachypelma emilia)
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Mexican redleg tarantula fact file
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Mexican redleg tarantula description
This pale pinkish-brown bodied tarantula has a black head and black legs, with distinctive red hairs on the middle part of the legs (2) (3). These long pinkish-brown hairs are sensitive to touch and vibrations. Males and females are similar in colouration and size but males are darker with a metallic sheen (2).
- Also known as
- Mexican blackcap tarantula, Mexican red leg tarantula, orange knee tarantula, true red leg tarantula.
- Euathlus emilia, Eurypelma emilia, Mygale emilia. Top
- CITES (June, 2005)
- Baxter, R.N. (1993) Keeping and breeding tarantulas. Chudleigh Publishing, Ilford, Essex.
- E-Spiderworld (November, 2005)
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Mexican redleg tarantula biology
Twelve weeks after mating, the female produces an egg sac which is incubated for a further five to six weeks at 24 – 27 ºC before the spiderlings hatch (2). One of the longest living tarantula species with females living 20-30 years in captivity (3).Top
Mexican redleg tarantula range
Found in Durango State, Mexico (2).Top
Mexican redleg tarantula habitat
This burrowing species inhabits scrubland with sparse, low vegetation (2).Top
Mexican redleg tarantula status
The Mexican redleg tarantula is listed on Appendix II of CITES (1).Top
Mexican redleg tarantula threats
The Mexican redleg tarantula is presumed to be threatened by capture for the pet trade (2).Top
Mexican redleg tarantula conservation
The listing of this species on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species prevents any unlicensed international trade of either live specimens or body parts (1). However, this does not prevent internal trade within Mexico.Top
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For further information on the Mexican redleg spider see:
Baxter, R.N. (1993) Keeping and breeding tarantulas. Chudleigh Publishing, Ilford, Essex.Top
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