Yesterday I began what turned out to be a very short search for a few young male Mexican red knee tarantulas (Brachypelma smithi). Michael Jacobi (tarantulas.com) offered me a package of six 1” – 1¼” red knees at a good price, so I made the decision to move forward and purchase six spiderlings. I’ll grow them out, keep the males, and sell the females.
The tarantulas arrived the next day. All were in excellent condition and were considerably larger that the advertised 1” – 1¼”. Almost all have a 2” diagonal leg measurement at this point and appear to have molted recently. I anticipate being able to determine gender of the individuals comprising this cohort by the end of April – certainly MUCH sooner than I anticipated at the time of my order!
Written January 11, 2013