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Colombian Giant Redleg Tarantula - Megaphobema robustum | 1 inch (Captive Bred)


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SPECIAL NOTE: USPS forbids shipping venomous spiders or scorpions in the mail.

Because of this, we ship these animals FedEx priority overnight for a flat fee of $39.99.

Defining Characteristics:

  • This spider is a sight to behold as an adult, attaining a diagonal legspan of up to 8 inches
  • Defensive species known for kicking hairs, when threatened will often freeze up and stretch out in full before making a run for it
  • Reclusive and skittish, the rare sight of this spider is a treat when they decide to show themselves, since they generally choose to be burrowed more often than not

Name: Megaphobema robustum is commonly known as the Colombian Giant Red Leg. Its species name has Greek and Latin roots meaning “large and fearsome” and “robust”.

Recommended Enclosure Size & Setup: This is a terrestrial species. Surface area of the enclosure should be no less than two times the spider's diagonal leg span in one direction, and three times the diagonal leg span in the other. Never allow your terrestrial spider more than two times their diagonal leg span as head space above their substrate as a fall from any higher could be catastrophic.

The enclosure should be tall enough to accommodate 2-3 inches of substrate for slings and 4+ inches for adults. ABG mixcoco cradle, or Dig-It are good substrate options, but our Pet Bug Team prefers ABG all the way!

Temperatures (°F): Ideally kept in the 76-84° range, temperatures consistently 5 or more degrees outside of this range should be avoided for the well-being of the spider.

A reliable thermometer is strongly recommended.

Humidity: 70%-85% — This can be achieved simply by making sure the substrate is always lightly moist.

A reliable hygrometer is strongly recommended to monitor humidity within the enclosure.

Size: Specimens sold by Josh's frogs will be at least 1 inch at time of sale. Adults can reach up to 8 inch diagonal leg span!

Age: M. robustum babies sold by Josh's Frogs are at least 2-3 months old. Males reach 4-5 years, with females drastically outliving them at 20+ years.

Feeding: These spiders are currently eating two to three 1/4 inch crickets, once a week. There are a variety of appropriate prey items that you can offer, such as roacheswaxwormsblack soldier fly larvaehornworms, and silkworms. Consider feeding your prey items with our gutload formula to give your pet well-rounded nutrition.

We recommend that the prey items not be much longer than the tarantula's “head” is wide. Larvae are an exception—our larvae are harmless. Since they are very high in fat, they're not the best staple diet, however they make a great weight gain supplement.

Remove uneaten prey items after 24 hours, these may stress your animal out or endanger the spider during molting. Never attempt to feed a freshly molted tarantula less than a week after their molt to prevent injury to the spider. Depending on its age, the hardening process could take anywhere from 48 hours all the way up to a week.

Sexing: Due to age, M. robustum spiderlings sold by Josh's Frogs are sold as unsexed. Specimens of 2.5-3 inch diagonal leg span will be able to start being accurately sexed.

The most accurate method is always molt sexing, the molt of a female tarantula of appropriate size will have spermatheca and a uterus externus in between the top two sets of book lungs that will appear as a "flap" that will catch and open if a pin is gently run down this section of the old exoskeleton. Males will have a much more plain slit that will not budge with attempts to manipulate it.

Coloration/Patterning: Slings already have most of their adult coloration—their carapace and abdomen are a velvety black with some reddish hairs on the abdomen, and their legs are almost brick red.

Social Behavior: Megaphobema robustum are not social creatures and any attempt to cohabitate will likely result in cannibalism.

Natural Range: Colombia


After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.

With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.

If you require further assistance, or prefer to talk to one of our Customer Service agents, please feel free to reach out to our [email protected] email or our phone line 1-800-691-8178.

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Arrived safe and sound!

I have always had good luck ordering from Josh's frogs, this purchase was no different. Tarantula was larger than 2.5 inches, and had to do a couple rehouses, other than that it arrived safely as expected. Customer service called me about weather forecast and shipping and kept in good contact with me throughout the travel time. Will buy from JF again.

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