Other common names: Argentine Striped Knee Tarantula
Scientific name: Vitalius paranaensis
The Brazilian Brown Birdeater Tarantula is a New World terrestrial species which is native to desert and scrubland areas Brazil and Argentina.
Vitalius paranaensis is very uncommon in the international exotic pet trade.
Adults are fine in 5-10 gallon tanks. Spiderlings and young tarantulas can be kept safe in clear plastic containers. Since they are terrestrial, be more concerned about floor space rather than height.
This species of tarantula likes high temperatures, but low humidity. Temps should be around 80-90F and humidity levels should stay at 40-60%. The susbtrate can be a mixture of peat moss and vermiculite that should be kept damp, but not sopping wet. Tank décor should consist of things that will allow these tarantulas to hide. Half buried plant pots, cork bark, tree bark, and other things can be used. A small, wide, shallow water dish may be used, but cleaned frequently.
Food should be less than the length of the body. Spiderlings can eat pin head crickets and fruit flies. Adults have a more varied diet consisting of crickets, cockroaches, super worms, and for the largest adults, occasional pinkie mice.
Once a male has produced his sperm web, he can be introduced to the female. If the female is accepting they will begin mating. If she’s not willing to mate, the male can be severely injured or even eaten and killed. During the mating process the male will lure out the female from her burrow. The male will lunge towards her and grab her fangs with his front legs and then try to position the female in an upright position. In this upright position the male will then try to inject his fertilizing fluid into the females genital area. If they are successful, the female will produce an egg sac within a couple weeks. Males usually have a shorter life span and will usually die shortly after mating.
12 inches, excellent pet, leg span
pinky mice, deep burrowing spiders, eat hummingbirds, field mice
The Giant Brazilian Brown Bird Eater
My first tarantula was an interesting experience. I saw the spider as more of a mammal since its behavior was very different from any other arachnid I had seen in my life. The Brazilian Brown Bird Eaters are nice and passive if they are handled with care. If you are calm and not grabbing the spider or moving your hands rapidly near it then it will be nice and respectful towards you aswell.
These tarantulas are not as aggressive as many others, but they can get irritated if you are not letting them peacefully roam their kingdom and are bugging them non stop. They are fascinating creatures and are extremely friendly if handled correctly and cared for the right way..
From JorjSimeonov Jul 10 2014 4:38PM
Brazilian Brown Birdeater Tarantula
This spider is second only to the giant Huntsman Spider in size. People all the way back to the Victorian era tell of seeing this spider catch and eat hummingbirds. I don't doubt that it can. I've seen this spider catch and consume full grown field mice. I quite often start these spiders off on pinky mice.
In the wild these spiders are deep burrowing spiders and they often live in marshy areas. They will often move in and take over the burrows of other burrowing animals.
This is another spider that often kills and eats its mate. The males of this species live from 3 - 5 years but the females may live as long as 15 to 20 years. In the wild the males die soon after maturity.
Females can weigh over six ounces and have a leg span up to 12 inches. In captivity if your not freaked out by spiders this spider makes an excellent pet..
From thomasbyers Mar 12 2013 11:00PM