Aphonopelma bicoloratum (Mexico blood leg tarantula), captive-bred native to southwest Mexico. A drought-tolerant, slow-growing, colorful species. Recommended for all levels.
Since description in 1996, Aphonopelma bicoloratum quickly became one of the better known in its genus. Coloration resembles that of Brachypelma boehmei, but is subdued by comparison. Temperament is also subdued versus B. boehmei.
A. bicoloratum comes from Mexico, southwest of Mexico City. Temperatures in its environment can reach 40C (104F) during the day. Due to desert scrub habitat, with little air moisture to retain heat, nighttime temperatures can fall to 10C (50F). Burrow temperatures have not been published for A. bicoloratum, but those interested in breeding should have good results using data from sympatric species. For keepers, conditions used for red-legged Brachypelma are sufficient.
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