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B. smithi (Mexican Red Knee) Female 2"+ legspan guaranteed showing adult colors
The Tarantula Keeper's Guide by Stan Schultz
Feeders- your choice of dubia or rusty red roaches (25 count)
Adult Tarantula Enclosure (measures 8x8x14)
Decorative tree moss
Silk plant (ivy)
Rock water bowl
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Brachypelma smithi is the “Hobby
Classic Tarantula” also known as the Mexican Red Knee this
tarantula is coveted by beginners and experienced keepers alike.
Known for being large, colorful and docile this scrub-land/desert
tarantula is extremely hardy. A long-lived species the females are
known to live longer than 30 years.
Growth speed: Slow
Longevity: Males 6-14 years,
females 20-40 years
Origin: New World. Native to the
deserts and scrublands of Eastern Mexico
Temperament: Calm and docile. If
agitated B. smithi may flick urticating hairs
Temperature: 70 to 85 is ideal
Urticating hairs: Yes
Enclosure: B. smithi's enclosure
should be longer than it is tall. A good rule of thumb is the length
of the enclosure should be a minimum of three times the diagonal
legspan of the tarantula. Good ventilation is a must and safety
should be a top priority when choosing and designing your tarantulas
enclosure. Do not use a screen mesh lid as the tarantula may get it's
feet stuck. This is extremely dangerous and screen related injuries
and deaths are too common. The enclosure should not be tall because
B. smithi could fall and injure itself.
The enclosure should have 2-4” of
substrate. Cocofiber, vermiculite, peat moss and potting soil (or a
mix) are excellent substrate choices. Please make sure the substrate
you choose is organic and chemical/fertilizer free. Do not use sand,
pebbles, rocks or wood chops.
In most cases the Red Knee would rather
adopt an existing hide than create it's own. Cork tubes half buried
in substrate are what we use for our adult females. The B. smithi
will excavate one side of the cork tube to it's liking. I like to
think this makes the tarantula feel “at home” while minimizing
the time and effort for the spider to settle in.
Larger spiders 2” and over should be
provided with a shallow water dish in order to drink. The water bowl
should be rinsed our every time it is refilled. Being a desert
scrubland species B. smithi will not require frequent misting
however, I recommend keeping one corner of B. smithi enclosure
Feeding: Adults will eat every 4-10 days depending on the size of the spider and it's prey.
Spiderlings should eat more often, every 2-6 days. Adults may be fed
crickets, mealworms or roaches. Spiderlings under .75” can only eat
food small enough for it to overpower. This includes pinhead
crickets, flightless fruit flies & freshly hatched rusty red
roaches. It is not advised to feed your tarantula wild-caught food.
It could contain parasites or pesticides that could be fatal to your
pet. Keep your tarantulas enclosure clean. food waste left in the
enclosure will invite mold, mildew, mites, flies and other pests. It
is advised to remove uneaten prey items after 24 hours. If using a
feeder who will not “bother” a tarantula such as roaches it is
alright to leave them in the enclosure.
Additional information: B. smithi was
used in the Indiana Jones Temple of Doom.