Scientific Name: Tliltocatl vagans
Common Name: Mexican Red Rump
Endemic Location: Mexico, across Central America
Adult Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 6.5” (15cm)
Growth Rate: Medium
Life Expectancy: Females 20 years / Males 5 years
Recommended Experience Level: Beginner
The Mexican Red Rump tarantula, classified scientifically as the Tliltocatl vagans, is one of the most popular and beautiful tarantulas in the hobby. This New World tarantula is favoured due to their ease of care and docile temperament. This species is endemic to Mexico and other central American countries 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 has black velvety body and legs and abdomen with bright red setae on the abdomen that makes this tarantula a gorgeous addition to any collection. 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.