Mexican Flame Knee Tarantula (Brachypelma auratum) Care Sheet

At first glance the Mexican Flame Knee tarantula (Brachypelma auratum) closely resembles the far better-known Mexican Red Knee (Brachypelma hamorii/smithi). Look a little closer, however, and subtle differences start to become clear… Whilst both species have vivid orange or red stripes on their “knees” it is the background color that effectively separates these two species. …

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How to Handle Tarantulas

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If there’s one question I hear more than any other it’s whether or not I handle my tarantulas. The answer often disappoints: not all tarantulas can be handled safely, while it is generally considered better not to handle even the more docile species. The reason is simply that handling even friendly tarantulas can still pose …

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Heterothele villosella (Tanzanian Dwarf Chestnut Baboon) Tarantula Care Sheet

Heterothele villosella is a dwarf tarantula species from Tanzania. Despite lacking the bright colors of many popular pet tarantulas it has gained in popularity thanks to its fascinating lifestyle. There are many reasons why you might want to consider adding Heterothele villosella to your collection. Firstly, this is a heavy-webbing species akin to the Greenbottle …

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