Mexican Pink Tarantula (Brachypelma klaasi) Care Sheet

The Mexican Pink tarantula (Brachypelma klaasi) fits the standard Brachypelma tarantula profile; chunky appearance, docile temperament and bright colors.

As the common name suggests, the Mexican Pink is clothed in bright hairs over a black background. While keepers disagree about whether these really look pink, nobody would deny what a beautiful tarantula species this is.

Many of these factors help to make Brachypelma klaasi an ideal pet tarantula for many people, being easily handled with a very attractive appearance. They can also be quite forgiving in terms of captive environment.

At the same time, however, it is worth highlighting that this is considered one of the rarest Brachypelma tarantulas – both in the wild and in the hobby. Specimens are only rarely available and can be expensive.

If you’re serious tarantula hobbyist who is lucky enough to stumble across a Mexican Pink then you’d be well-advised to snap it up before someone else pips you to the post. But before you do that let’s look at how to keep this beautiful species in our detailed care sheet…

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Wild Habitat of Brachypelma klaasi

The Mexican Pink tarantula is named Brachypelma klaasi after Peter Klaas, who originally collected this species in the wild. The Mexican Pink is found in a very small range in Mexico, just south of the area where the Mexican Red Leg is encountered. According to scientific investigations it is found in the coastal areas of Colima and Jalisco.

Rick West reports in an article that this fossorial species is typically found in burrows or “under fallen logs, large rocks, inside old tree stumps and large tree roots”. It is believed that this species is just as likely to modify an existing burrow built by small mammals as it is to build one from scratch, and field studies suggest their burrows tend to vary between 20cm and 60cm in overall length.

It is interesting to note that scientists have recorded Brachypelma klaasi mating occurring in the wild. They found that males may lay web around the female’s burrow, over her own web.

It has been theorized that this helps to “disguise” the female burrow, as it has been noted that other males on the hunt for a mate will wander straight past oblivious to the large adult female resting in a nearby hole. This may help to ensure that the successful male guarantees the progeny will be his own, rather than having to compete against other males.

Mexican Pink Tarantula Housing

Like it’s kin the Mexican Red Knee and Mexican Beauty this species of tarantula is relatively undemanding in captivity. A range of different containers may successfully be used as a cage.

For example, up until a year or so I used plastic Really Useful Boxes for all my terrestrial tarantulas. These are sturdy containers with handles that “lock” the lid shut. With a few holes drilled they make ideal housing for ground-dwelling tarantulas.

More recently, however, I have moved house and now have a dedicated “animal room” with more than enough space for rather more practical and appealing housing. Now I house all my large Brachypelma specimens in Exo Terra or ReptiZoo glass vivariums which offer much better visibility and ventilation. The front-opening doors also speed up my feeding routine as I don’t need to constantly unstack piles of plastic containers.

REPTIZOO Glass Mini 8 Gallon Reptile Terrarium 12" x 12" x 12", Small Habitat Cage Breeder Enclosure for Leopard Gecko Tarantula Young Lizard Insects, Top Screen Ventilation & Feeding
  • Features with full view glass, this small 8 gallon glass terrarium is convenient for feeding and having fun with your reptile or small animal pets.
  • Compact and flat-packed design mini reptile tank with top opening to prevent escape and easy feeding. With a transparent PVC tray in the bottom for holding water and substrate
  • The full screen top ventilation with thinner mesh wire allows more UVA UVB and infrared heat penetration.

Alternatively Kritter Keepers can be used safely for Brachypelma klassi, and permit a generous depth of substrate for burrowing.

Lee's Kritter Keeper, X-Large Rectangle w/Lid(Assorted colors)
  • Rectangular Kritter Keepers have self-locking lids with hinged viewer/ feeder windows
  • Capacity: 5.90 GAlarge. Size: 15 3/4-inch large by 9 3/8-inch width by 12 1/2-inch height
  • Kritter Keepers have well-ventilated lids in assorted colors

Brachypelma klaasi is a medium-sized tarantula as an adult, achieving a legspan of around 5”. This means that a huge cage is unnecessary, with a cage of just 8”x8” being quite acceptable for this species.

On the other hand, in recent years I have moved ever more towards naturalistic setups. For these I use cages of roughly 30cm x 30cm floor space, in which I can add suitable hides and burrowing opportunities. Fortunately Exo Terra make a 30cm cube cage which is now my “go to” housing for all but the largest ground-dwelling tarantulas.