Specialising in captive bred Arachnids from around the world since 1986

Mexican Beauty
Mexican Fire Leg
Mexican Blood Leg
(Aphonopelma bicoloratum)

This mid-sized, stocky terrestrial from Mexico reaches around 15 cm (6") in legspan. They occur in dry scrubland where they dig deep burrows directly into the ground. Appearance-wise, they are very often confused with the Mexican Blood Leg. They are black, with orange legs that have black feet and femurs. The abdomen is covered with faintly orange hairs and they have a lovely blonde to orange carapace. It is, essentially nearly identical to the Mexican Blood Leg, but has higher contrast and the colouration is less red. Its temperament, however, is much unlike the Blood Leg, being much more gentle and rarely flicking urticating hairs! Anyone who has been blasted a few times will appreciate the difference! They are born fairly small (about 1 cm (1/3")) and have about 400 offspring, though like many Aphonopelma species, they are difficult to breed. They are, however easy to raise! Like most Aphonopelmas, they will tackle very large prey compared to themselves and they are VERY drought-hardy. They develop their colour somewhat gradually, becoming quite attractive at around 6 cm (2 1/2"). Unfortunately, this is one of the potentially painfully SLOW growing species, and although they can mature within 3 years, 5 - 10 (sometimes more!) is more common! Fortunately, they are very easy to maintain, tolerating a wide range of conditions from very moist to very dry, but they keep their colours better if they have a slightly humid environment. Likewise, they don't seem to have any problems with temperature, but keep in mind that if you expect to keep them very cool (below 18 C (65 F), you should keep them pretty dry. I keep mine between 24 C - 28 C (75 F - 82 F), and use my own forest substrate mix, though they should do fine on most substrates. The juveniles definitely prefer a deeper container in which to burrow, whereas the adults tend to be more in the open. Longevity,(as with all species) is variable, but this species is a trooper and 30 years is probably quite reasonable, likely longer! This is definitely one of my favourite species, considering the colour, size, ease of care, and the fact that it doesn't flick, but it is quite rare in the hobby and difficult to find.

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