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Brachypelma emilia (Mexican Redleg Tarantula) Information + Caresheet

Brachypelma emilia (Mexican Redleg Tarantula) Information - Caresheet

 Name History:
Mygale emilia White, 1856:
Brachypelma aemilia Simon, 1891
Eurypelma emilia F. O. P.-Cambridge, 1897
Brachypelma emilia Smith, 1986
Euathlus emilia Baxter, 1993
Brachypelma emilia Smith, 1995

Size: 5-6”
Growth Rate: Medium
Natural Habitat: Western Mexico , scrubland
Housing Needs: Terrestrial setup, dryer substrate about 5" deep, provide starter burrow or hide.
Temperament: Docile, but has irritating urticating hairs. 
Diet: Cricket, roaches, mealworms


About: The Brachypelma genus is known to have easy to care for, long-lived species. One thing that distinguishes emilia from others in the Brachypelma family is a black triangle on the carapace. They have a rusty red/orange coloration on the carapace and some leg segments. This is generally an easy-going tarantula that doesn’t kick hairs often.  As is generally the case with tarantulas in this genus, they have a very stocky build. In the wild, they create deep burrows. Provide them with at least 5" of substrate and a starter burrow or hide. This species makes an excellent display tarantula since it is out in the open most all of the time, and does not seem to be bothered by light. They are generally good eaters, adults enjoy larger roaches.