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Brachypelma vagans

Brachypelma vagans ,

Brachypelma vagans

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Theraphosidae
Genus: Brachypelma
Species: B. vagans
Binomial name
Brachypelma vagans
Ausserer, 1875

Brachypelma vagans is a species of tarantula known commonly as the Mexican red rump or Mexican black velvet. It ranges predominantly in Mexico, but can be found as far south as Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Florida. They are terrestrial, burrowing spiders. The reason for the name red rump is because of its distinctive red hairs on its abdomen. Like most tarantulas, they will eat anything they can overpower, which is usually insects, but small lizards and rodents may also be consumed. They can grow to a 5 inch leg span, with males typically being smaller and thinner than the females. They prefer scrubland habitats.

In 1996, Brachypelma vagans was discovered in the wild in St. Lucie County, Florida. It is now considered an established non-native species in that state, where it is thought to have been introduced through either accidental or intentional releases of specimens imported via the pet trade.

In captivity

B. vagans is frequently kept and bred in captivity. They feed readily on commercially available crickets and cockroaches. They are typically docile, though they can be skittish and prone to releasing urticating hairs. Females are long-lived, potentially reaching 15 years of age.


* Phong's Tarantulas! Brachypelma vagans
* Brachypelma vagans Care Sheet
* Brachypelma Care Sheet
* The Mexican Redrump, Brachypelma vagans (Araneae:Theraphosidae), an Exotic Tarantula Established in Florida

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