The Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula (Brachypelma smithii) is a large spider, and an arachnid.
The Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula is blue-black with three dark reddish-orange coloured rings on its legs. Adult males have a yellowish-brown shell, called a carapace, on its back.
Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula
It measures about 4-5 centimetres (2 inches) in length. Males have shorter bodies and longer legs than females. The fourth leg is the longest.
The Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula is native to Mexico. It is terrestrial, a ground-dwelling spider. It prefers hilly tropical forests.
It lives in a burrow under rocks and tree roots. It has one entrance leading to two rooms. The female Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula spends most of her time in her burrow.
It eats insects.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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