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Brazilian salmon pink bird-eating spider

Lasiodora parahybana

salmon pink tarantula

The Brazilian salmon pink bird- eating spider is the third largest tarantula in the world; they have a large body in relation to the length of their legs. As the name suggests, you would expect it to be salmon pink, it is in fact dark brown with pink patches on it. A spider has eight eyes but their eye sight is not that good and can only distinguish between light and dark. 

Unlike other spiders the tarantula does not spin webs. They catch their food by staying still and waiting for prey to arrive, once it does they pounce. Probably, the most important sense for the tarantula is touch. Through the feelers attached to their head at the front as well as the fine hairs on their legs and body they can feel movement in the surrounding area. The Brazilian salmon pink bird- eating spider is not an aggressive spider, if annoyed their bite is painful and they can inject venom which can cause cramps and pains.

  • Animal Class: invertebrate (Arachnida)

  • Habitat: They are ground dwellers in the Atlantic forests

  • Diet: carnivore= They can eat small birds, mice and insects

  • Size: Their legs can be 25 centimetres (cms), body length of 10 cms

  • Location: They can be found in Brazil but extends to Argentina and Paraguay

  • Conservation Status: The IUCN has them down as Least Concern.

  • Threats: Deforestation for logging plus land use for agriculture and urban areas impact on this species.

  • Current population: Unknown

  • Zoo population: Unknown

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature