Brachypelma auratum (Mexican Flame Knee Tarantula)
*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.
About: As with all species in the Brachypelma genus, this makes an excellent display tarantula. It has striking coloration, velvet black with bright contrasting "flames" on the knees. It is relatively active (especially as a spiderlings and juvenile), and is not as easily startled as many other tarantulas. In the wild they dig deep burrows, so be sure to provide at least 5" of substrate and a hide or starter burrow. They may utilize more depth if it is given. Adults will take down larger roaches when it is feeding time. The auratum is sometimes more difficult to find, so if you are looking to add this beautiful species to your collection, get it while it’s available!