Mexican Fireleg (Brachypelma boehmei)
Brachypelma boehmei is a beautiful species of Brachypelma. They are considered the most prone to hair throwing of the genus. Their patellae, tibiae, and metatarsi are covered with red setae while their their tarsi and femurs are black. They are very good eaters! B. boehmei should be kept in a terrestrial environment. A hide and water bowl are mandatory, and a high soil level is recommended to prevent injury and/or death due to a fall. A bottlecap is ideal for maintaining hydration while keeping the tarantula's booklungs out of the water. Prior to reaching 1.5" droplets of water on the side of its vivarium should be provided for hydration.
Diet: Spiderlings will eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects such as lobster roaches.
Size: 5 to 5.5 inches when fully grown.
Growth: Slow Growth
Temperature: 75° to 80° Fahrenheit
Humidity/Water Requirements: 40 to 60%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" legspan may drink from a shallow, wide water dish. Spiderlings will require light misting to drink droplets of water. Mist cage regularly to maintain humidity.
Temperament: Docile and easy to handle.
Housing: Spiderlings can live in a small clear plastic deli-container with air holes poked with a pin. Use a small amount of substrate such as vermiculite, peat moss or coco fiber. Adults will live in a Large Terrestrial Cage Floor space is more important than height. No decorations are really needed, but you can add a log, or cork bark. Always house tarantulas seperately.