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The Brachypelma boehmei has a genus name with Greek roots meaning “short” and “sole of foot” It is more commonly known as the Mexican Fire Leg Tarantula.
Enclosure: This is a terrestrial species. Surface area of the enclosure should be no less than 3-4 times the spider's diagonal leg span in either horizontal direction. The enclosure should be tall enough to accommodate 2-3 inches of substrate for slings and 4+ inches for adults.
Never allow your terrestrial spider more than two times their diagonal leg span as head space above their substrate as a fall from any higher could be catastrophic.
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Temperatures: Ideally kept in the mid to high 70° range with a bit of wiggle room in either direction. Temperatures consistently below 65° or above 85° should be avoided.
Humidity: 60%-70%; slings should stay on lightly moist substrate, adults should have a water dish and mostly dry substrate, it can be beneficial to overflow the water dish a bit and let the area dry out again before continuing the wet/dry cycle.
Size: Specimens sold by Josh's frogs will be at least 1" at time of sale. Adults can reach up to 6" diagonal leg span.
Age: B. boehmei babies sold by Josh's Frogs are at least 8 months old. Males reach 4-5 years, with females drastically outliving them at 20+ years.
Feeding: At time of sale they are eating 1-2 1/4" crickets once a week. Food should be sized to about the size of the spider's carapace. Older spiders can eat less frequently, with adults eating every 10-14 days.
Sexing: Due to age, B. boehmei spiderlings sold by Josh's Frogs are sold as unsexed. Specimens of 2.5-3" diagonal leg span will be able to start being accurately sexed. The most accurate method is always molt sexing, the molt of a female tarantula of appropriate size will have spermatheca and a uterus externus in between the top two sets of book lungs that will appear as a "flap" that will catch and open if a pin is gently run down this section of the old exoskeleton. Males will have a much more plain slit that will not budge with attempts to manipulate it.
Coloration/patterning: Slings are light brown, growing to a velvety black with flame orange legs and carapace.
Social behavior: Brachypelma boehmei are not social creatures and any attempt to cohabitate will likely result in cannibalism.
Breeding: Spiders for breeding purposes should remain supervised when together and should only be attempted well fed. Mature males can be put in the enclosure of a mature female for courtship/mating. Remove male promptly after insertion is observed, or immediately if female is aggressive rather than receptive.
Natural Range: Some parts of Central America and Mexico
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If shipped Ground, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between 20 and 85 °F.
If shipped Two Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -20 and 120 °F.
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