Mexican golden red rump tarantula

The Mexican golden red rump tarantula, Brachypelma albiceps, is species of the genus Brachypelma. The carapace is a light golden color with black legs and a black abdomen covered with longer red hairs. Females typically live for about 15 years (up to 20). Males usually live about 5 years or up to 12 months after the last molt.[1][2]


Brachypelma albiceps (formerly Brachypelma ruhnaui) is endemic to the Central highlands of Mexico, especially in Guerrero and south of Morelos. In the wild they build long underground burrows, typically under large rocks, but may inhabit nests abandoned by rodents or other animals. They are most active at night and dusk.[1]


Diet typically includes crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, cockroaches . In captivity, live food is typically required, such as moths, mealworms and pinky mice, as dead food may be ignored.[3]


Females lay cocoons containing roughly 500 (up to 900) eggs two months after mating. Nymphs hatch 8–10 weeks later.[1]


B. albiceps are commonly available at pet stores. Lighting is not needed, as these spiders naturally prefer to live in darkness.[1]


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