Jul 24, 2012

Mexican Red Leg Tarantula (Euathlus smithi)


Did you know?

That, though they have eight eyes, they do not have good vision, and instead use the sensitive hairs of their legs to navigate? Palps at the end of the legs allow the spider to smell, taste and feel.

The red-legged Tarantula is a black spider with an abdomen covered with black guard hairs that are brown-orange. The shell is black resulting in a beige color perimeter. The legs are the characteristics of “knees” that are orange to dark orange-red. The male Euathlus smithi reachies 55 mm in body length with a wingspan diagonally between the legs of approximately 150 mm.

Females, on the other hand, have a larger body, about 75 mm in length. The diagonal size between the legs is about 140 mm. The red-legged tarantulas are essentially nocturnal. They live on the floor, usually burrows. Like other spiders, they use silk for a variety of purposes, including to seal the pieces together and to take the nest egg-shaped buds, but generally do not spin webs.

The female Euathlus smithi lays 100-400 eggs. The offspring hatched between 1 month and 2 months ½ and ½.

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