Picture of the Mexican Red Rump Tarantula in Belize.
Mexican Red Rump Tarantula (Brachypelma vagans) in Belize wildlife.
The mexican red rump tarantula, known commonly as the Mexican red rump or Mexican black velvet, is a very handsome spider of the New World family of tarantulas, with very distinctive jet black legs and abdomen. The abdomen is liberally sprinkled with fine red hairs. It eats anything they can overpower, which is usually insects, small lizards and rodents. It is a nocturnal predator.
Mexican red rump tarantulas may be aggressive and can move very quickly. They prefer scrubland habitats. Adult females are 5.0 to 7.5 cm in body length, with a leg span up to 13.5 cm. Males are smaller and thinner than the females.