Brazilian Salmon-pink Bird-eating Tarantula Lasiodora parahybana

Brazilian Salmon-pink Bird-eating Tarantula
Brazilian Salmon-pink Bird-eating Tarantula
Brazilian Salmon-pink Bird-eating Tarantula
The third largest Tarantula in the world, the Brazilian Salmon-pink Tarantula or Bird-eating Spider has a leg-span of up to 11 inches (28 cm). It is native to Atlantic forest floor of northeast Brazil.
Brazilian Salmon-pink Bird-eating Tarantula
Brazilian Salmon-pink Bird-eating Tarantula
Brazilian Salmon-pink Bird-eating Tarantula
It is black and covered in orange-pink hairs. Despite the name "Bird-eating Spider", their diet is mainly large insects, lizards, small snakes and small mammals, although they will eat small birds if they can. Lifespan can be up to 30 years for females but only 5-10 years for males.
Brazilian Salmon-pink Bird-eating Tarantula
Brazilian Salmon-pink Bird-eating Tarantula
Brazilian Salmon-pink Bird-eating Tarantula
A female can have some 500 babies, but only a few survive to adulthood in the wild. Their venom won't kill a human but an infection or allergy from the bite or irritation from ejected hairs can cause problems or blindness. The name Tarantula comes from Taranto, Italy and originally referred to a biting Wolf Spider but is now in general use for extra large, hairy spiders from Latin America.