Mexican red-knee tarantulas prey on large insects, frogs and mice. Mexican red-knee tarantulas remain in their burrow, waiting to ambush prey that walk across their web. Prey are detected using palps on the end of each leg, which are sensitive to smell, taste, and vibrations. Once they detect their prey, Mexican red-knee tarantulas rush out to bite prey and return to the burrow. They hold down their pray with their front legs and inject their venom to paralyze and liquefy their victims. They consume the juices of their prey, leaving behind undigested body parts. These are typically wrapped up in a web and transported to another area of the burrow.
Animal Foods: mammals; amphibians; body fluids; insects
Primary Diet: carnivore (Eats terrestrial vertebrates, Eats body fluids, Insectivore )