Other common names: Salmon Pink Birdeater; Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater Tarantula; Brazilian Salmon Pink; Salmon Pink Tarantula; Brazilian Pink Haired Bird Eating Tarantula
Scientific name: Lasiodora parahybana
The Brazilian Salmon Pink Tarantula is a terrestrial species commonly found in the tropical rain forests of Brazil. They aren’t climbers and they are not burrowers, rather, they are commonly found hiding under bark, logs and rocks.
Lasiodora parahybana is the 3rd largest species of tarantula in the world. Salmon Pinks can grow over 11 inches in size.
Appearance / health:
Their hair is mostly black, but has a pink or reddish brown overlay. The hairs are short, giving it a velvety like appearance. Hair on the legs are slightly curly.
Behavior / temperament:
This species is a very active and semi-aggressive tarantula that is recommended for advanced or expert keepers. These make very good display tarantulas and should not be handled frequently. They will flick the hair off their abdomen, which has been known to be highly irritating to the skin; will leave painful-itchy rashes. Since they are very slow moving in all aspects, some people never have a problem handling this species. All individuals will be different temperament wise.
Since these tarantulas are huge, they need a larger tank than most species. A 10 gallon habitat is the minimum recommended, with a 20 gallon or higher tank being the best. They are highly terrestrial and need the floor space more than height.
Temperature needs to stay around 75-85F with right humidity levels; around 78-85%. Substrate should be a peat moss and vermiculite mix or potting soil, that should be 4-6 inches deep. Keep the substrate moist but not sopping wet. A wide shallow water dish may be provided and cleaned daily. Add different types of tank décor such as bark, cork bark, driftwood, or other items. Make sure the tarantula can not climb too high, as they don’t climb good and can fall. Also make sure there is no sharp edges that they can get injured on.
Salmon Pink Birdeaters are voracious eaters and will rarely turn down any live food item. Feed a variety of foods including crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers, super worms, and other large insects. Adults can also get occasional small lizards, pinkie mice, and small fuzzy mice.
stunning tarantula, gentle giants, good beginner tarantula, enormous size, fast growing species
kick urticulating hairs, defense mechanisms
large 1012 inches, fast growth rate, substrate ecoearth moist, humid areas, eggs
"Flitz is a Salmon pink birdeater Tarantula, these are among the largest spiders in the Tarantula world and can grow up to a whopping 12 inches in legspan. My Flitz hasn't quite got there yet but she is an impressive 8 inches at present.<br><br>She is mostly brown/black in colouration and packs fangs much akin to samurai swords in size, they are huge!<br><br>She has a temper to match so I would very much advise new keepers to stay away from this spider until they have more experience, as mine tends to threat posture when the lid pops open and she isn't afriad to show a bit of fang.<br><br>However she's a fantastic feeder and takes prey down with extreme force, very fun to feed!."
From Gamescroller Feb 24 2016 1:29PM
"I know this is a bird eater species and will get significantly larger than most other tarantulas, but they are surprisingly dociles. My girl is one of the few I will introduce to people out of her enclosure as she's happy to hang out on your hand or arm and is never aggressive. (At least I have not experienced any aggression with her.) They are great eaters even from slings, and extremely easy to keep happy. They're more active than many other terrestrials I have kept, and you will see her out from her hiding spaces relatively often. At night she has even been known to crawl along the walls of her enclosure and hang around on the ceiling as well. Ive seen her jump pretty far across her enclosure as well. (Yes, jump, arachnophobes.) I would say a beginner could keep this spider. ."
From arachnamancer Mar 1 2017 8:22PM