Mexican Pink Beauty Tarantula – Brachypelma Klaasi
Brachypelma Klaasi, popularly known as the ‘Mexican Pink Beauty’ is a spectacular and rare specie of tarantula. Native to the Mexican region, this tarantula is best known for its bright hues along the patella and carapace. Usually docile in nature, the Mexican Pink Beauty is a perfect pet for people who are planning to keep tarantulas for the first time. However, do note, that getting hold of this specie can be quite difficult. Owing to its slow growth and the degradation of habitat, Brachypelma Klaasi is currently deemed to be endangered. In order to preserve this specie and maintain the ecological balance, we will suggest you to, avoid purchasing wild caught Mexican Pink Beauties. Instead of settling for wild variants, try getting this tarantula from successful breeders.
The Mexican Pink Beauty is native to the regions of Mexico.
Preferred natural habitat
The natural habitat of Brachypelma Klaasi is along the hot deciduous forests that are around 300 to 1,400 meters above the sea level. The ideal soil should be sandy, and the ideal temperature should range between 25 degrees to 32 degrees Celsius. In the wild, this tarantula protects itself from potential threats by burrowing under tree trunks, leaves, abandoned nests of other spiders and rocks. Typically, you will find this spider prefers burrowing with two chambers. While the first chamber is along the surface level, the second one will be around 15 cms under the surface.
Preferred food in the wild
The Mexican Pink Beauty is a casual eater and it thrives on a meal of cockroaches, earthworms, grasshoppers and other small insects in the wild. In a bid to detect their potential prey they create an almost invisible web at the entry point of their burrow. Despite being casual eaters, the Pink Beauty hunts for its prey in the surrounding vegetation once in a while.
Like we already mentioned, the Brachypelma Klaasi is usually docile in nature. This in turn makes it an excellent display tarantula. Although they are usually nervous, this spider can kick out a couple of urticating hairs when it is constantly provoked. The Mexican Pink Beauty is consistently active during the early hours of the day and the evening.
Feeding as a pet
When I got a Mexican Pink Rump, I started out by feeding them baby crickets. With consistent feeding and care, my tarantula reached ½”. Eventually, as it started increasing in size, I introduced a diet of baby crickets and roaches. I would recommend you to, feed your tarantula eight adult crickets and two to three roaches once a week.
Lifespan both male and female
While the female Mexican Pink Rump usually has a lifespan of 20 to 25 years, their male counterparts only manage to survive for 4 to 5 years.
Pet enclosure type
The Mexican Pink Beauty usually rests in a terrarium of 40x30x30 inches (LxBxH). The ideal is around 25 degree Celsius to 29 degree Celsius and the ideal humidity ranges from 55 to 65%.
Pet enclosure habitat layout
Since the Mexican Pink Rump is an avid burrower you should keep a substrate which is at least 1 inch deep, in the terrarium. This tarantula will then come up with a two-chamber burrow from the available substrate. For the substrate, you can come up with a concoction of peat moss, dirt, and coconut fibre.
Mating / reproducing
While the Mexican Pink Rump might take some time, the end results are completely worth it. Since the females are exacting and show signs of cannibalism when hungry, make sure they are well-fed before the mating. Once you’ve taken care of these small details, introduce the male and female tarantulas in a dry terrarium. Do note that while the terrarium should be dry, the substrate should be slightly moist. You should also start the breeding only 4 to 6 weeks after the female has molted.
The Mexican Pink Rump has a relatively medium to slow growth. When I first got this specie, it was ¼”. After a year of consistent care and feeding, it 1/6”. After three years, you can expect a steady growth of three inches. The average size of these tarantulas ranges from 6 to 7 inches.