The Mexican Red Rump Tarantula
This attractive, docile species of tarantula is known as Brachypelma vagans. It can be found in Mexico and other Central American countries. In places like those, the demand for the Mexican red rump as a pet is high. All thanks to its exotic status and a minimal level of care. Along with that, this species of tarantula is considered medicinal to the human body when crushed and mixed with herbs.
The Mexican red rump is pretty much an interesting animal. It possesses certain special features and behaviors which allows it to survive. For instance, the Mexican red rump tarantula burrows into the ground for a home, unlike the spiders that make use of a web to build their home. Also when this species of tarantula feels threatened, it would display its fangs or release urticating hairs onto the attacker’s skin.
Lifespan and size
The Mexican red rump tarantula has lifespans that depends on the gender. For instance, the male tarantula can only live up to 5 years while the females can live up to 30 years. The main factor that causes this life expectancy gap is cannibalism. The females feed on the male.
The adult male Mexican red rump has a growth limit of 5 inches while the female is 6 inches or more. The appearance of the male is leggy while the female looks sturdy and stout in nature. This size of the female is the obvious advantage that allows the female to bully and prey on the male. Also, the large size of the female helps her not only for food but also for her offspring.
Facts and characteristics of the Mexican red rump tarantula
If you own a pet Mexican red rump tarantula you are enjoying its special feature and behaviors such as its docile nature and attractive look. Apart from those, its features and facts are not limited to them. There are other features and fact that are enough to make you conclude that they are actually quite fun and intriguing animals which will be perfect for a pet.
Here we go…
It has dangerous hairs
When the Mexican red rump tarantula feels threated or wishes to mark its territory, it releases sharp hairs which are likened to shards of glass fiber. Its effect is extremely lethal to smaller threats, but to humans it effect is moderate –there will be pains and swelling in the affected area.
These venomous hairs are referred to as urticating hairs. They can be found mainly on the abdomen of the tarantulas. They are released from the tarantula with its hind legs and then rub them so the hairs can be released.
They burrow into the ground for shelter
Naturally, the Mexican red rump is a fossorial species. This means that it has the ability to dig the ground easily for shelter. It was discovered that these creatures can dig as deep as 18 inches. Unlike the conventional spider, the Mexican red rump does not use the web to trap food rather they use them to hold their eggs.
The females live longer than male
The males are only able to live up to 5 years while females live up to 30 years. The males can’t even live up to five years because there is the threat of it predators and cannibalism.
They live in solitary
These tarantulas make burrows in the ground and it is meant to accommodate only one. Even though the hole is 18 feet deep, only one Mexican red rump tarantula can live there. When the females lay their eggs, they leave the burrow until their spider-lings hatch.
They are docile but still dangerous
The Mexican red rump is the perfect tarantula pet for first-time pet owners. It has a docile behavior in which many people find attractive. But still, it’s best to not provoke this quiet beast. It could strike you with its poisonous fangs or urticating hairs, even as an owner.
Try to keep handling of this pet to a minimum because it’s not one to enjoy full-time human interaction like dogs.
Mexican red rump bite
A bite from the Mexican red rump is similar to the effects of a bee sting. Which makes the effect on humans moderately lethal. In the case of small creatures, it is enough to take them down.
They live in a humid area
When keeping this species of tarantula in a case or cage, it’s best to keep the temperature between 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In the day. Then at night, it should be toned down to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
They hunt at night
The Mexican red rump tarantula is nocturnal in nature, which means they do not need ultraviolet rays for lighting or heat. They sleep in the day and feast at night. This means most of the meal are creatures that come out at night. For instance, insects like crickets and also bigger vertebrae like mice.
What does a Mexican red rump tarantula eat?
The Mexican red rump tarantula is a carnivore. They feast mainly on insects and sometimes they go as far as feasting on slightly larger prey such as mice, lizards, and other rodents.
How do they feed?
The Mexican red rump tarantula feeds like there is no tomorrow. It pounces on its prey from the back a poisons them with their venom in order to subdue. Later on, it then lays a new web mat while they eat. When feeding this species of tarantula its best to give them more food because they have an immense appetite.
The Mexican red rump tarantula’s appetite can be controlled. In their younger days, it best to feed a lot, like two cricket per week. As they grow bigger and older it can be reduced to one cricket or one large cockroach per week.
Care and housing
A small tank with a closed fitted lid and enough ventilation are the best for housing the Mexican red rump tarantula. A plain tank can be good, but if you want your pet tarantula to feel at home, try to make seem like home.
Since it’s an animal that likes to burrow the ground, you should provide the cage with 4-6 inches of soil or peat moss. Along with that, a small flower pot can be placed in the tank so the tarantula can hide.
Another fact to consider when housing the Mexican red rump is the fact that it lives in a humid habitat. So to make the tank feel like home, you will have to install a heat mat for warming up the tank. Also, there should be a hygrometer and a thermometer for measuring humidity and temperature.
The mating season takes place as early as September and as late as October, just like any other tarantulas. After months of maturity, the male will deposit an amount of sperm into a ball of webbing it made. He then carries the ball with its Pedi-palps while looking for a female mate.
The female mate will usually stay in their burrow during this time, waiting for a male mate to come looking for them and attract them with a mating call (which is a dance). After the male tarantula has deposited his sperm into the female, he must get out of there as soon as possible, so as to prevent being eaten up.
Once the eggs in the female are fertilized, she will then lay them in form of an egg sac or cocoon in the burrow in which she lives. After a period of time, the eggs then hatch and releases spider-lings.
There you have it… all that you need to know about the Mexican red rump. Out of all the tarantulas that exists, this species is one of the least temperamental of them all. Also, they are quite easy to keep as a pet when you consider feeding and housing too. All are affordable for the owner to provide.