Mexican Red-Legged Tarantula

Mexican Red-Legged Tarantula

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Credit: DANTE FENOLIO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The Mexican red-legged tarantula, Brachypelma smithi, is an endangered species. Habitat alteration and over-collection by the pet trade has pushed wild populations to the brink of collapse. This 15-year-old captive-borne female was photographed in 2007.

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