Animal Stories - Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula

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The Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula is a gorgeous, friendly tarantula that's great for beginners!
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Adam Zaryk - 2014-10-30
Hello everyone, I just purchased a red knee tarantula last Sunday October 26. Now she's(I hope) is a 1 1/2 old according to the breeder. Unfortunately, I put her in a 20 gallon( I know, way you to big) I divided it with a small reptile wall, if she wanted to she could go over it but she doesn't. She stays on the one side probably smaller than a 10gallon and has two hides on that side. My dad is actually taking care if her when I'm at college. Yesterday I had him offer her first food since I got her. She did not take it... And according to my dad she is actually in the half coconut hut the whole time and she is actually burrowing I guess because there is dirt covering the whole. Sorry for the really all over the place story. Anyways do you think I should move her to a 10 gallon, or put back in the tub aware container that she came in? Also is she okay being in the burrow all of the time? I know they burrow but this much? I fell in love with this tarantula the second I saw it so u want everything to be perfect. Thanks in ahead of time and sorry for the all over the place post

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-31
    She sounds like she's doing fine where she is, but she may come out more in a smaller home.
  • Adam Zaryk - 2014-10-31
    Ok thank you, I will be going home in a week and I will move her into a 10 gallon. My dad lifted her hide up to try to feed her and she did not take it but today, she covered her hut again and mixed the Eco earth with her webbing and on the outside as well. So I am currently having him drop a small cricket close to the door. Hopefully she will take it but I do not have much hope because the entire door is covered with the Eco earth/webbing. Should I continue to offer her food or let her be?
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-11-02
    They are generally good eaters, but each one can have it's own behavors. It is suggested they only be offered one food item at a time, though they can be fed about one to three times a week. More than one food item can be intimidating for some. Some foods are large gut loaded crickets, cockroach, king mealworms, waxworms and locusts.
  • Marie linner - 2014-11-15
    It should be okay. The Mexican red leg can go for about 3-4 months without food it may not be hungry.
carolyn - 2014-10-04
Hi i got my juvenile mexican red knee on the 9th sept it had it's first shed last sun so fed it yesterday as i know their body needs to harden up before they can be offered food i droped the locust in and it took it straight away will i offer another one today or will that locust be enough till it's due another feed unfortunately i don't know if it's male or female and couldn't examin the abdomen on it's first shed as it had totaly shrivled up and because i don't know the sex i have decided to call it tango :)

This guy - 2013-12-04
Hi there, I have a Brachypelma Smithi at the moment and I have had him for about one week now .... I soo want to hold him but it's a little scary .... Does anyone know any good techniques to hold him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    See the Handling section above for some great tips!
  • Natalie - 2014-05-21
    I have a female mexican red knee ( currently very active & having a good spin on her viv walls) i've had her a week this friday & have no bother with getting her out. Tonight was the first time. Yes she flicks a little at first but is fine once out. If you gently persuade your t with your finger from her side she will make her own way up & just have your hand ready. Don't be too gentle, you don't want her to think you're a cricket. Just push with your finger. Mine makes her own way out really which is handy xx
paula - 2014-03-30
My tarantula is motionless?

mark bawden - 2014-01-03
hi i have a 10 month old chilean rose before she molted i could pick her up every day she would just stay there for hours but now she wont even put a leg on me she has never been aggressive to me never shown her fangs flick hairs some times what could this be can you help thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    I can't tell you why your tarantula tolerated handling more easily before the molt. However, tarantulas are a visual pet and don't like to be handled. They should be enjoyed by observation and handled rarely, only when necessary. The Chilean rose tarantulas are less aggressive than other species, but the flicking of hairs is an aggressive action and her way of indicating that she does not want to be handled.
  • Clark - 2014-02-17
    Females often become less tolerant after their maturing molt. They are also known to eat less. I've had females become down right aggressive after molting and some refuse food until after mating. Then they try to fatten up for reproduction. Remember, no tarantula NEEDS holding; it is we who want to hold them.
Anonymous - 2014-02-12
hi, ever since my red knee was put into a 10 gal it hasn't been out of its hide like at all. it is about 3in long. could the tank be too big?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    I doubt the tank size is the problem, I would check to make sure you have adequate substrate and humidity.
Tinus Botha - 2013-12-24
Hi, I have had my red knee for 4 days now and it is .3 inch long and it already ate 5 crickets and now i wonder if I am over feeding it? please help                 

P.S. She is female and called Morticia(Like in the cartoon 'the Addams Family'.). lol

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Susan - 2013-09-07
Help. My Mexican Red Knee tarantula seems sick. She is 12 years old, I've had her since she was 4 weeks old, and I've never had any problems with her. She's always been very healthy. This morning I noticed her in the corner of her tank, with her legs tucked a little too closely to her. Normally, when I touch her abdomen, she gives me a little scurry and hair kick, but not this morning. Very slow, docile attempt at kicking hairs. (I should note that I don't handle her often, so she's a bit skiddish) She let me pick her up without any attempt to get away. Her tank heater is functioning. I changed her substrate about 2 months ago (shredded coconut, shells which she's been using for years), She has been eating normally, although it's been about 2 weeks since I've fed her, but I'm a little weary of putting any crickets in the tank while she is in this state. help, help, help. I love this tarantula and I have no idea what to do.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-08
    Unless you are  certain it is a female it could be old age. Males have a shorter lifespan than females, living around 10 or so years while females live up to 25-30 years. Other thoughts are it could be getting ready to molt or it could be dehydrated. If there's a chance it's dehydrated, putting it into an ICU setup could help... i.e. a jar lined with damp paper towel. Than see if it gets better in a day or two. Wishing you the best!
tony - 2012-04-24
My mexican red-knee has has developed a white patch on its abdomen, have you any ideas what it could be please!

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  • hankypanky56 - 2012-07-02
    It probably just kicked some hairs while you weren't looking.
  • Casey - 2013-07-20
    It could be a fungus growing on or around the spiders book lungs. This is caused by bacteria in the environment. Have you kept the tarantulas environment clean and at the correct humidity? Bacteria can grow from TOO MUCH humidity in the terrarium (cage). Make sure you clean all insect remains after every feeding and change the bedding at least every 3-6 months. Moisture causes bacteria to grow. Misting your tarantulas cage once per week should be sufficient enough for humidity and moisture. If it is a fungus you should do some research or talk to an expert about how to heal your T. Fungus on the booklungs can be potentially fatal to your tarantula if not resolved as soon as possible.
holbee - 2013-03-15
Hi,my friends Mexican Red Kneed Tarantula she hasn't moved today, but was very active last night. Her legs are not curled under, but are twitching. Does anyone have any advice please.