Scientific Name: Brachypelma boehmei
Common Name: Mexican Fire Leg
Endemic Location: Mexico
Adult Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 6.5” (16.5cm)
Growth Rate: Slow
Life Expectancy: Females 25 years / Males 10 years
Recommended Experience Level: Intermediate
The Mexican Fire Leg tarantula, classified scientifically as the Brachypelma boehmei, is one of the most popular and beautiful tarantulas in the hobby. The Mexican Fire Leg tends to be more defensive and skittish than other Brachypelma species, which are usually known for being docile. This species is endemic to Mexico usually in the savannah and scrubland regions.
Though this tarantula does not have medically significant venom, it does possess urticating hairs that can cause irritation and rash if they were to kick them on you. Though typically it will just make you itchy, it can lead to serious issues if you were to get them in your eyes, nose or throat, so don’t have the tarantula on or near your face and always wash your hands well after you interact with any New World tarantulas that possess urticating hairs.
This species will web up the ground around its burrow lightly to help detect prey but is not an extensive webber. They make for an amazing display tarantula as they spend a lot of time out of their burrow and have bright colours that contrast nicely and are sure to catch people’s eye and adoration. They are a very hardy tarantula and amazingly easy to keep. A standard terrestrial enclosure with coco fibre, a hide and a water bowl are sufficient for keeping this tarantula. Try to keep the substrate slightly moist but not too wet. A very beginner friendly tarantula with a docile personality.