Red Knee Tarantula

February 22, 2022

The red knee tarantula has a stout, wooly body that makes it look almost huggable. But this spider is big enough to feed on small animals and reptiles such as lizards and mice. The red-kneed tarantula also feeds on insects. The bodies of these spiders can grow up to 7.5 cm long, and their legs stretch across twice that length.

Behavior:

  • The red knee tarantula spider is potential prey for moths, birds, and lizards. 
  • To protect themselves from predators, they use their prickling hair to irritate the skin or even cause blindness. 
  • The red knee tarantula spits venom that causes a reaction like a bee sting when it lands on human skin. Like any bite, an allergy or severe reaction may follow red knee tarantula bites.

Reproduction: 

  • The male red knee tarantula is ready to mate when its molt is mature. These spiders mate during the rainy season, July and August.
  • The male red knee tarantula uses the front limbs to impregnate the female. She will retain his deposit until spring when she will form a silk mat.
  • Females lay 200 to 400 eggs that are wrapped in silk to create an egg sac. 
  • The sac is carried between fangs for up to 3 months until it hatches.

Habitat: 

  • The red knee tarantula lives in burrows on earth when they can be safe from their predators. 
  • The safe habitat also makes preying easy as the red-kneed tarantula can jump out and ambush their prey.

Fun Facts About the Red Knee Tarantula

  • The red knee tarantula is a member of the Arachnida class of animals.
  • The conservation status of the red knee tarantula is very vulnerable. Therefore there are chances it will face existential calamity in the future.
  • They are mainly found on the pacific coast of Mexico.
  • The habitat of this spider is in a deciduous hilly tropical forest.
  • The lifespan of the red knee tarantula ranges between 20 to 30 years.

 

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