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    Do any of you guys own a Mexican Red Knee Tarantula?? I think these are by far the sharpest looking T's out of all of them(Don't 4 get thats just my opinion not trying to force it on anyone). I was just wondering if anyone has any info on these guys or were I could get one. I've asked all the pet shops in my area but , there all retarded..so any help you guys can give me I would appreciate it thanks..

    jAySon

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    i can get you one but they are not cheap here where i am at lol they are around like 75 to 80 dollars just the spider but you know i would not touch it or carry the box it is in just incase it did get out i would not touch it lol i would bring a spider buddy with me to carry the guy and ship it lol. but i doubt u want to pay that much for a spider i know it is high compared to what cuda or anybody else can get them for.

    LEE
    President Of The Spider Whimp Club

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    • #3
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      I don't own a Mexican Red Knee (Brachypelma smithi). I do agree that they are beautiful Ts. I don't know the exact care info on the Mexican Red Knees, but, I would imagine you want to keep them at 78-85 degrees, and a low humidity of 60-70%. I would also put them on a mixture of peat moss and Bed-a-Beast (or Forest Bed, or Eco Earth) kept fairly dry, but not too dry. I'd also keep the substrate around 3-4" to allow some room for burrowing. I've never kept them, so don't take my word for it.

      Mexican Red Knees, as well as all the other New World tarantulas have the ability to kick urticating hairs. They don't kick hairs at the slightest vibration, but they do kick hairs when they feel disturbed. This is a pretty docile species, from what I hear. They're also quite pricey as far as T's go, due to being on the CITES list for being endangered in the wild.

      Another good, interesting T to have is a Curlyhair T (Brachypelma albopilosum). They're not as expensive or colorful, but they have all of the same good qualities as the Mexican Red Knees. Being from Honduras, they also like higher humidity and slightly cooler temps. Hope this helps a bit.

      Bry

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      • #4
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        A low humidity 60-70% Now that is funny... what is high humidity... I have to strugle get the humidity up that high....
        Cuda' probley has a good care sheet for one and you can get them from just about any of the mail order places....
        I think other then the rose hair they are the most common...
        Go to google and put in captive bred mexican red knee and you will come up with a few sites... Just ask cuda' if she knows they are reputible before you buy one...
        Also the best looking T is the brazilan black.. lol
        J/K'ing That is what I have...
        Eric aka...Red

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        • #5
          Re:Mexican Red Knee

          Here is a link to a care sheet...
          http://www.petbugs.com/caresheets/B-smithi.html
          It is a good site to look around at....
          Eric aka....Red

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          • #6
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            I have a red knee, and yes they are kool. Trust me though, they do love to kick hairs!!!! Mine's butt is bald!!! Kind of looks like a 60 year old man!!! Here'a care guide for ya.

            Fromhttp://www.spidertalk.net/SpiderTalk/

            Scientific name: Brachypelma smithi

            Common Name: Mexican Redknee

            Arachnid Type: Tarantula

            Average Size: 5 - 5.5 inches

            Diet: Spiderlings can eat pinhead crickets, flightless fruit flys and other simular sized prey items. Adults will eat large crickets, roaches, mealworms and occasional pinky mouse.

            Habitat: Scrubland

            Suggested Enclosure: Spiderlings and small juveniles can be kept in small deli cups, vials, or baby food jars with proper ventillation. Adults do well in 5.5 gal or larger aquariums. Floor space is more important than height.

            Suggested Substrate: Peat moss, soil, vermiculite, or a combination of these, and a shallow water dish and a piece of corkbark, habba-hut, or halved flower pot for a retreat.

            Temperature: Room temperature is fine for almost all tarantulas. A range of 70-80 degrees F seems to be ideal.

            Humidity Level: Relatively low: 60 - 70%

            Temperament: Generally a docile species, they are prone to kicking urticating hairs though.
            Additional Informations: They are a New World terrestrial species from the Pacific side of Mexico. Found in the desert and scrubland areas. They sport a magnificent combination of red, yellow, and black colors. The legs are black with red and yellow bands. The abdomen is a silky black with reddish hairs. They are one of the longist living species, being known to live 30 plus years. Wether you are a beginner or an advanced keeper, this species is a must have for your collection.

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            • #7
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              :-\wow sorry i didnt get to this sooner, but i see everyone has been very helpful for ya... There are alot of places to get Mexican red knees but like Bry and everyone else stated they are not cheap, a 2 inch baby normaly runs 50 bucks, there are alot of dealers out there and the best place to find one would be a swap as they will go alittle cheaper there.. Just gota try to make sure ya get a female... you can check here often
              http://market.insecthobbyist.com/index.php?cat=8

              sometimes youl find a person selling a nice female at a resonable price or check the dealers lists at there sites aso make sure you check classifieds at petbugs.com
              I will keep my eyes open for yaz...
              You can also check with Arachnopets.com they have forums and a sale section and care sheets or try
              Tarantulas.com they have a classifieds section also and care sheets.. The only time they need that percentage of humidity is when there going thru a molt other than that they like it dry and make sure there is a water dish at all times for drinking, alot of red knees will tame down and be use to picking up and wont throw the hairs as much if at all.. My female only flings hairs when i totaly take her cage apart for complete cleaning and then once in awhile when i got to take her out but just like evil once out no probs at all... They are docile... heres another place to check out also... http://www.goldenphoenixexotica.com/care.html

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              • #8
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                Thanks Everybody..Keep your eyes peeled and let me know if you see a good deal.. ;D

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                • #9
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                  Do I have to peel them? It's kind of painful. I know of one site that sells 2" Mexican Redknees for $55. That's a pretty good price for a Mexican Redknee of that size. Invertepet.com

                  Bry

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                  • #10
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                    The pet country by my house has one for 40 bucks... it has thrown all of its hair off its butt well almost...
                    I would thinking of getting it....
                    But I like the T I have I guess I can have two... hehe
                    Oh ya it is like 4 inches
                    Eric aka...Red

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                    • #11
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                      8) Jayson you need to get ahold of me right away... I found a great deal for ya on a T and the cage and all and supose to be a female to boot... Its not a redknee but it is a great starter T and to boot a good one ive been looking for.. Its well worth it dude so get ahold of me.. And its in Illinois to boot!!!!

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                      • #12
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                        Well what is it?? You just going to leave the rest of us hanging....
                        hehe
                        Eric aka...Red

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                        • #13
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                          Trust me dude Im still hanging!! LOL I don't even know what it is!! :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :'( :'( :'(

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                          • #14
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                            8)Its a rare Red phase rose hair and female to boot, man i know one thing if i had the cash she would be mine i dont care for rose hairs but i have been after the rare red phase for along time the deal on her and the cage is just to much to pass up... I know Dan got lucky and got a red phase rosie but each red phase is diffrent some are firey red and some are light red or dark red.. If it is a female then thats a real plus!!!! Jayson she would be a perfect starter T....

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