Yep, still lurking around, despite the fact I've officially stopped playing games since early summer...
Anywhoo, on to the point of this thread... It has been speculated by many enthusiasts and arachnologists that the Mexican Fireleg isin't as long lived as the Mexican Painted Red Leg and Mexican Red Knee. Given this species was officially described/identified in 1993, its likely no one has kept a specimen from egg to old age. So how long does a female of this species actually live ? Guesses are from 20 to 25 years. Red Knees are known to live up to 30 while there was a case of a Painted Red Leg believed to be in the excess of 35 years of age when it passed on.
Currently since I got her back in February, she has molted twice in my care and seems due for another in the coming days/weeks. She has refused food for the first time today in 4 months, so this is a sure sign she'll be molting soon-ish.
Let's have a look at her growth since I got her, shall we ?
This is Fireball during its first week in care. I was actually surprised when she caught a cricket when I wasn't looking.
This is Fireball after the first molt in my care. She has grown and gained much color since.
And Fireball's 2nd molt. She gets bigger and more colorful as she grows.
Not long after her 2nd moult, an infestation of mites was discovered. She was immediately transferred to a new, bigger cage.
Was she bothered by this sudden move ? Not so much. She was actually grooming herself on the first evening in her new cage.
So I've had her for more than 8 months now. It's only recently that it was confirmed that she was 100% female. As with other Mexican Red-legged species, females are expected to live 20 years or more in captivity. How long will Fireball live ? Time will tell.
Words cannot express the joy of having this particular spider as the life-long pet to accompany me for the next two decades. So. Darn. Beautiful.