Brachypelma boehmei (Mexican Fireleg)
This stunning, highly sought after species of tarantula is one of the favorites in the Brachypelma genus. As the common name indicates, the lower part of the boehmei legs are a fiery red to orange and have long orange hairs that give it an even more commanding presence. They are spunky and never fail to put on a show at feeding time. Boehmei spiderlings aggressively take down good size prey at a young age, making them easier to feed than many others. As juveniles they will even jump up to grab food right off the tong, so be careful not to have your fingers too close! This genus is known to be long-lived, hardy, and easy to care for – with females often living 25 years or longer and males as long as 10. This is an excellent display species because they stay out in the open most all of the time and are active even during the day. They tend not to burrow as long as there is a hide to use when needed. Even at an inch you can see some adult coloration on this very delightful species.
*Adapted from The American Tarantula Society
Name and Description History:
Brachypelma Boehmei Schmidt & Klaas, 1993
New World, Terrestrial, burrower at times
Growth Rate: Medium-slow. These grow slow at first, but once they reach about an inch growth is much more noticeable with each molt.
Natural Habitat: Mexico, western. Dry scrubland.
Housing Needs: Terrestrial setup. Will sometimes burrow. Provide a hide / shelter. Humidity needs are low. Dry substrate is needed.
Temperament: Considered one of the more defensive species in the Brachypelma genus, they will not hesitate to flick hairs when disturbed, but generally are not bad tempered. As spiderlings and juveniles they can be quick sprinters, but as adults they are more docile and slow moving. The urticating hairs of this genus are especially irritating and some people are more sensitive to them than others. My hands itch for several days if they get hairs from this genus on them.
Longevity: 25 + years