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Mexican Flame Knee Tarantula: How to differentiate between a Red Knee Tarantula


These auratum tarantulas are difficult to distinguish between Brachypelma smithi. They are commonly mistaken for one another, actually. They were taught to be actually one. Probably, they are descendants of the same specie.  These arachnids are black in color with accentuated, lighter edges and marking on their leg joints. Auratum is just a bit slightly darker. Both of them are docile nature and is gifted with long lifespans.

They are also called Brachypelma auratum  ande they are tarantulas endemic to the regions of Guerrero and Michoacán in Mexico. Fascinatingly, due to the similarities with it wasn't considered a distinct species until 1992.

However, while the redknee tarantula bears yellow or orange or both markings, the flame knee tarantula exhibits only red markings. If you will observe, these red marks take the shape of fire flames and are situated at the right pattellar area of the body. Flame knee tarantulas also bear a white, horizontal stripe near these markings. The adult may reach a six-inch leg measurement. They are famous for its longevity, and some could live as long as 20 years. Unlike the other tarantulas, Brachypelma Vagans Tarantula, who has a lifespan of 15 years and below. The catch is, growth for the young is slow and maturation may take as long as five years to complete. They are rarely aggressive but may attack if provoked. Bites is painful.

Food included cockroaches, grasshoppers, spiders, crickets, and other creepers. They also eats small mice and chicks.