Other common names: Fire Red Bird Eater Tarantula
Scientific name: Lasiodora difficilis
The Brazilian Fire Red Tarantula is a terrestrial species which is native to tropical rain forests in Brazil. It is one of the largest, and heaviest tarantula species.
Appearance / health:
Lasiodora difficilis has a dark rusty red / brown body and reddish abdomen. Adults reach 10" in leg span.
Temperatures are best when kept between 80-85F and humidity levels of 75-80%. Substrate can be potting soil or a peat moss/vermiculite mix and should be 3-5 inches deep. Keep the substrate moist, but not overly wet to help keep the humidity up. A small shallow water dish can be added as well, and cleaned frequently. Add tank décor that will allow this tarantula to hide. Cork bark, driftwood, fake plants and other items may be added.
Adults will take any large insects such as crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, and others. Larger adults can have an occasional pinkie mouse. Spiderlings and younger tarantulas will eat pin head crickets and fruit flies.
great species, big stocky tarantula, red birdeater, good begginer
Lasiodora difficilis (Brazilian fire red birdeater)
This is a great species to own as spiderling or adult. Spiderlings if fed and kept at the right humidity(65-75%) and temp(75-80f) can get a leg lenght of upto 4inchs in its first year, as adults they get to around 7-8inchs and are a big stocky tarantula, this species is skittish and nervous as spiderlings and juvie's, so if your a begginer i wouldnt recommend a spiderling/juvie, but as adults they become alot calmer and docile and can be a good begginer T, if you can find one, it's not one of the easiest T's to get hold of, and worth adding to your collection if you havent got one. As these tarantulas get to around 7-8 inchs it is not advised to handle as dropping this T from even a few inches off the floor could be fatal to the tarantula.
From MTMSpiders Dec 7 2012 7:36AM