Brachypelma spp. are well known and popular classics of the tarantula hobby. They are colourful, very calm and long lived, thus making them highly desirable animals to enjoy as pets. However, many Canadian enthusiasts ignore the fact that they are protected animals (along with one Aphonopelma species). All species from the Brachypelma genus (and Aphonopelma pallidum) are listed under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Sadly, every year, specimens are still smuggled out of nature for the illegal pet trade. Thousands of specimens of all sizes as well as eggsacs are illegally collected and shipped out of Mexico in horrendous conditions.

In February 2018, Tarantula Canada was invited by the CEC to the Tarantula Trinational Trade and Enforcement Workshop Supporting Sustainable Trade of CITES Species held in Guadalajara, Mexico. We got the opportunity to exchange ideas and work hand in hand with authorities from Mexico, the United States of America and Canada to develop and promote the sustainable trade of our beloved animals.

Martin presenting at the CEC workshop
Martin presenting at the CEC workshop

Thanks to dedicated passionate Mexican enthusiasts, it is possible for us to legally obtain captive bred Brachypelma spp. directly from their country of origin. You may have already noticed some changes to our pricelist. Species that come from the sustainable trade program are now identified with a Mexican flag icon.

When you buy a specimen from us, you also receive a certificate of authenticity. Here are the things to look for and a bit of information on what you will be receiving.

Certificate of Authenticity

Always question the origin of the animal you decide to purchase. By choosing responsibly, you are encouraging legal Mexican breeding efforts and supporting the sustainable trade of these wonderful animals. Together we can do our part by promoting conservation in their natural habitat and prevent illegal harvesting to ensure that they remain in nature for all future generations