The Mexican Fireleg Tarantula also called the Mexican Rustleg tarantula is another crowd favorite from Mexico. They come from the dry savannahs of Mexico and grow to be about  6.5 inches with a life span of 7 to 11 years with females growing to be older. They are very beautiful with their nice red/orange and black colors. They are good at being beginner tarantulas but we recommend you do some research on them before purchasing one due to their skittishness and no hesitation to flick urticating hairs.





The Mexican Fireleg tarantula tends to burrow and so we do recommend an enclosure with 4 to 5 inches of damp substrate preferably  of coconut fiber (such as eco earth). You should also have a medium bark  in your enclosure so that it can use it as a hide to burrow under.  As most B. boehmei do not grow to be very large a 5 gallon tank should be just fine for the majority of its life as it reaches adulthood it might just end up getting slightly bigger requiring a 10 gallon tank but that can take years to happen. They usually prefer very dry environments and so overfilling its water dish in a corner should be plenty for it to get the right humidity it is looking for. Temperature wise you are looking at keeping it at a steady 75 to 85 degrees. If its a comfortable temperature for you chances are it will be the same for your tarantula.



Your Mexican Fireleg Tarantula is easily a great eater, you just have to make sure they do not overfeed. Feeding slings a couple of times a week, juveniles once a week and adults once every other week should do the trick. Their food should consist of small flightless fruit flies and small crickets as spiderlings to large crickets, roaches and meal worms as juveniles and adults. As always never feed your tarantula something bigger then its body to prevent the tarantula from injuring itself while attacking the prey. The reason you should keep such a feeding pattern is that as they get older it is key to check up on them going through molting phases. Most adults can go 3 or more weeks without eating if they are getting ready to molt and this pattern of feeding might help with stressing your tarantula less. If after 24 hours you see your tarantula not eating you should remove its food source out of the enclosure.



The Mexican Fireleg is quite docile as compared to other species of tarantulas. Handling should be easy but you should always check your tarantula to see if it is in the mood to be handled before picking him or her up. They are the most nervous of all brachypelmas and do not hesitate in flicking their hairs. Being that they are brachypelmas they are equipped with type 3 urticaing hairs which are quite distressful. They are not known for biting but that does not mean they will never bite. Though painful their bite should not feel any worse then a bee sting. Their venom though potent to kill insects only causes minor pain if not any pain at all for humans.


The Mexican Fireleg is one of the easiest tarantulas to fall in love with. They are low maintenance and docile in nature. . Though you can easily handle them make sure you do so carefully to prevent getting urticating hairs all over your arms (it will be one annoying rash). We highly recommend this as a beginner/intermediate tarantula.


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