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Mexican Red Knee Tarantula (Brachypelma smithii) by Michaela1991

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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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Comments

  • NatureGreeting Cards ©ccwri
    NatureGreeting...about 4 years ago

    Used to see these crossing the roads by the dozens, rarely see then now, nice shot!

  • WOW!! We only see them in captivity here!! We don’t have many amazing invertebrates in Britain… sadly :( Thanks for the nice comment. Michaela

    – Michaela1991

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    What a beauty, Michaela! Grand capture and very interesting write up!

  • Thank you, I work with this little guy now, he is a very comical tarantula!!

    – Michaela1991

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 4 years ago

    Great capture Michaela, it looks like George that you used to have, love and hugs Nan xoxox

  • It does :-) one day I will have another George ;-) xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

    – Michaela1991

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 4 years ago

    It gives me the shudders. LOL. Your write up is very interesting too Michaela

  • hehe thank you, I work with this little guy now, he is a very comical tarantula!!

    – Michaela1991

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