Mexican Red Knee Tarantula (Brachypelma smithii)

Michaela1991

Chester, United Kingdom

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This is my favorite type of Tarantula!!!
Taken at Pili Palas (North Wales) on 13/02/2012.
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Mexican Red Kneed Tarantulas are usually black with bright red knees and their bodies are covered with tiny hairs. Their first two legs are used for holding prey and the remaining six legs for walking. If a leg is lost it will grow completely back within seven years. The females are larger than the males. Mexican Red Kneed Tarantulas are usually peaceful, however, if threatened they will rear up and display the red bristles on their body. As a defense, the Mexican Red Kneed Tarantulas can rub their back legs causing hair to drop causing blindness or a painful rash to the victim. They can also bite, injecting venom into the victim through their hollow fangs. Mexican Red Kneed Tarantulas are nocturnal.

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