Invertebrate | Central Pacific coast of Mexico
Mexican red-knee tarantulas grow slowly. Females also tend to live twice or three times the length of their male counterpart. When threatened they will rear up and display their fangs. They also have eight eyes located around their head and can see backwards!
In the wild: Large insects, frogs and mice
At the Zoo: Crickets, roaches
Scrubland, deserts, dry thorn forests, or tropical deciduous forests
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – near threatened