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Brachpelma Smithi (the Mexican Red Knee) are one of the best tarantulas in the hobby when it comes to temperament, instead of biting they are far more likely to run away and flick urticating hairs from their abdomen. Keep your face well away from these spiders as urticating hairs to the face would not be at all pleasant. They are a docile species but can be a little skittish at times. They are unlikely to bite but do have the ability to if pushed.
This youngster is around 2 inches diameter, approx 2.5 years old and if fed well will grow to adult size in another 3 years or so.
Your vivarium should contain:
All that is really needed for this species of spider is a hide and a water bowl. The water bowl needs to be buried so just the rim is above the substrate. They require hides on ground level (buried slightly) and you can use anything at all as a hide really, I would suggest cork bark, coconut halves and plant pots as good and inexpensive hide solutions. Any decoration other than this is up to you, although plastic plants do look nice.