Tliltocatl vagans - Male - Mexican Red Rump Tarantula pure
Tliltocatl vagans is a species of tarantula known commonly as the Mexican red rump tarantula. It ranges predominantly in Mexico (including the Yucatán Peninsula), but is also found in Central America. They are terrestrial, burrowing spiders. The reason for the name red rump is because of its distinctive red hairs on its abdomen. They can grow up to a solid 6.5 inch leg span, with males typically being smaller and thinner than the females. They prefer shrubland habitats.
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