beautiful velvety looking spider is a female
MEXICAN RED RUMP TARANTULA.
This species is a ground dwelling, burrowing
tarantula and whilst it is found mainly in Mexico it
is also sometimes found further south in central
American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala
and Belize. It is a species which favours dry
of my tarantulas this individual was bred in
captivity and she is very tolerant of handling.
Despite being perfectly capable of kicking the
urticating hairs off of her abdomen in defence
against predators (these hairs cause extreme itching
and are kicked into the faces of predators) she does
not do this as long as she doesn't feel threatened
and she has never done it to me!
see from the pictures below where this species gets
the common name 'red rump' from, as the sensory
hairs on her abdomen are a beautiful scarlet red
species is sometimes also known by another common
name which is the Mexican black velvet tarantula,
this is because of their beautiful black velvety