I haven't had mine very long, but am keeping it like my other Brachys. No problems yet. Seems a bit more skittish than any of my others (emelia, smithi, boehmei, vagans), but eats well and had a good molt recently.
I raised two females from one-forth inch (1/4"). I purchased them in 2000. They are easy to care for. Their growth rate is medium. They grew to 1-1/2" in the first year. I keep my Ts at 78-82 degrees Fah., and feed them regularly. Once they reached two inches, I placed them in their permanent enclosued, and keep the substrate bacically dry. Every other month I overflow the watering dish to moisten half of the substrate. They are now 6-1/2". They are docile and have never kicked urticating hair, nor displayed a threat pose. A very nice Brachy indeed. They also become nice and thick. B. verdezi spiderlings have recently popped up on the market. I have not seen them since 2004. I highly recommend this specie. You may view them on my website at mikebasictarantula.com
I have 5 tarantulas, all juveniles. A G. Pulchra, G. Pulchripes, C. Cyaneopubescens, B. Albopilosum, and B. Verdezi.
The B. Verdezi is about 3 inches and is the only one I would not handle. It both kicks hairs and shows threat displays
and will attack anything that moves (I would hate to be my long-handled tweezers!). If I put my fingers anywhere
near it I will get bitten for sure. I am certainly not looking forward to rehousing it when the time comes. I thought
that this animal would be fairly docile but I was wrong. It would appear that this species is generally docile but for
some reason this individual thinks it's a P. Mirinus. I'm hoping it will mellow when it reaches adulthood.
Previously known as Brachypelma pallidum. Aaand, previously known as Aphonopelma pallidum... Common name: Mexican Rose Grey.
They're not big and flashy, but are extremely attractive. I adore mine! She comes closer than all of my other tarantulas to having a 'personality'.
I've just been watching Cocoa for the last 5 minutes and it's definately crazy.
It's been trying to devour it's water dish - literally wrestling with it and trying to dig it's fangs in.
The dish is only a plastic milk bottle lid, but surely by now it must realise that it's not food.
I'm definately keeping my fingers well away!