Geographical Range Mexico
Habitat Desert, scrubland
Scientific Name Brachypelma smithi
Conservation Status Near threatened

Tarantulas are among the largest spiders, some of which reach a leg-spread of up to 10 inches. They are found in a variety of habitats including deserts and woodlands. They live up to 18 years, longer than any other spiders.

Tarantulas do not spin webs to catch prey. They hunt for their food, relying on powerful legs to catch and subdue their victims. They kill with a venomous bite. Though painful, the bite of the tarantula is rarely fatal to humans.

The red-kneed tarantula is a docile spider that lives in the deserts and scrublands of Mexico. This particular species lives up to 20 years.

Over-collecting by the pet trade has severely reduced this species in the wild.

Collectors are urged to buy only captive-bred animals.

Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Theraphosidae