Brachypelma smithi (Mexican Redknee)
This species may be the icon of the hobby. It is one of the most recognized tarantulas and has been seen on several movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Home Alone. It is a large, heavy bodied, colorful species that is particularly well suited as a display tarantula. This is certainly one of the easiest pets to care for. You can go on vacation for a couple of weeks and not worry about this one! It is quite hardy and low maintenance and is great for beginners in the hobby. The B. smithi is one of the longest living tarantulas with females living 25 years or more.
* Adapted from The American Tarantula Society
Name and Description History:
Eurypelma smithi F. O. P.-Cambridge, 1897
Brachypelma smithi Pocock, 1903
Brachypelma smithi Hancock & Hancock, 1989 (Transferred from Eurypelma=Avicularia)
Brachypelma smithi Schmidt, 1992 (Transferred from Euathlus)
Euathlus smithi Baxter, 1993
Brachypelma smithi Smith, 1995
New World, Terrestrial
Size: Around 6”
Growth Rate: Medium-slow
Natural Habitat: Southern Mexico in the dry scrubland.
Housing Needs: Terrestrial setup. Will sometimes burrow. Provide a hide / shelter. Humidity needs are low.
Temperament: Generally docile. This species has urticating hairs.