Brachypelma auratum (Mexican Flame Knee Tarantula)
As with all species in the Brachypelma genus, this makes an excellent display tarantula. It has striking coloration, is relatively active (especially as a spiderlings and juvenile), and is not as easily startled as many other tarantulas. The auratum is sometimes difficult to find, so if you are looking to add this beautiful species to your collection, get it while it’s available.
*Adapted from The American Tarantula Society
Name Meaning: The name auratum is derived from auratus which means golden in Latin.
New World. Terrestrial
Growth Rate: Medium
Natural Habitat: Mexico – Guerrero and Michoacan area. They live in burrows and under logs and stones.
Housing Needs: Terrestrial setup with a hide.
Temperament: Relatively calm, but this species can be a bit skittish. Spiderlings are quite active and if they have the opportunity will bolt out of their cup or vial.