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Brazilian Red Tarantula

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Scientific name: Nhandu carapoensis

The basics:
The Brazilian Red Tarantula is a terrestrial species originating in Brazil and Paraguay; often found in the rainforests and savannahs. They don’t burrow often so are usually seen under rocks, tree limbs and other landscape items.

Appearance / health:
Hence it’s common name, the Brazilian Red Tarantula is covered in red shaggy hair with a dark underlay on the body. An adult Brazilian Red can reach up to 6-7 inches.

Behavior / temperament:
Brazilian Red Tarantulas are known to be aggressive and skittish. They will almost always flick the hair off their abdomen at potential threats. These hairs are said to be one of the most irritating of all Tarantula species. Because of this nature, they are not recommended for beginners and should only be kept by advanced keepers.

Housing:
An adult will live comfortably in a 5-10 gallon tank. Spiderlings and younger tarantulas can live in clear plastic containers until they are big enough for the adult tank. Floor space is highly important when picking out a tank; height is not needed.
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.

Diet:
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.

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