Red-kneed Tarantula

Euathlus smithi

Beauty, gentleness and slow reproduction may have gotten this spider into trouble. Countless wild animals have been harvested by the pet trade, with growing concern by conservationists. This species is now protected by a multinational treaty, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
life expectancyLife Expectancy: Male - 1 yr, Female - More than 20 yrs
ecological roleEcological Role: Ambush predator
habitatHabitat: Semi-arid scrubland
dietDiet: Insects, small lizards and rodents
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)