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Tliltocatl epicureanum
Common name: Yucatan Rustrump
Indigenous: Central America, Mexico
Habitat: savanna, scrubland
Temp/humidity: 70°-85° (21.1°-29.4°C) degrees/65%-80%  humidity; I keep this species temperature at 80° (26.6°C) and the humidity at 65-70%. I wet one half side of the terrarium where the water dish is then allow it to dry out completely.
Enclosure: Use a spiderling vial that will allow at least three inches (7.62cm) of substrate for burrowing and four inches (10.16cm) as sub-adult-adult.
Substrate: I use three inches of substrate in vial and four inches in terrarium. (I use a mixture of peat moss, vermiculite, coconut fiber and dirt for firmness, as the substrate).
Retreat/Hide: Place a bark for a starter burrow hide. This is an opportunistic burrower. When they reach three inches (7.62cm), they stay out in the open more than in their hide, which make them a good display tarantula
Food Consumption: I first fed her fruit flies, than when she reached 1/2" (1.27cm), I introduced baby crickets. I give my Yucatan Rustrump (2) B. dubia roaches or seven (7) - adult crickets weekly. This species is an excellent eater.
Water Requirements: I keep a water dish in the tank. I have never seen mine drink.
Growth Rate: The growth rate of this species is medium. I purchased my girls as spiderlings of 1/4" (0.635cm) in size. After the first year she had grown to one and a half inch (3.81cm). With constant feeding and with temperatures in the low to mid 80's, they reached a size of three inches (7.62cm) within three years.
Adult Size: After ten years they are a solid six inches (10.16cm)
Temperament: This is a docile species. It has never kicked hair at me nor given a threat pose.
Comments: This is probably the rarest of the Tliltocatl species in the hobby. The vagans disposition is unpredictable, but the Yucatan Rustrump is a pet rock. The abdomen hair on the vagans after a molt are ruby red; I have raised four to adulthood, and all of them were from different breeders, and years apart. The Yucatan Rustrump abdomen hairs are a rust orange after a molt. One sure way of distinguishing this species from the other redrumps is the black spot on the abdomen after a molt. Also, when the Yucatan Rustrump is in premolt , their entire body is rust brown, and I have never seen any of my Mexican Redrumps that color during premolt. Enough said; any way, this is one of my gems.
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