Status Not evaluated
Size Body length: 9 – 10 cm, leg span: 20 – 25 cm
Weight Up to 100 grams
Gestation 3 months
Young Up to 2,000 eggs per clutch
Life span Unknown in the wild, 10 – 15 years in captivity
The Brazilian salmon pink tarantula is a carnivore and feeds mostly on insects, amphibians, small reptiles and even occasionally small birds!
In order to catch its prey, this tarantula will lie and wait on the forest floor, strike rapidly when the prey item passes by and inject it with venom to subdue it. The tarantula will cover the prey with digestive fluids and then suck up the liquefied prey.
The Brazilian salmon pink tarantula is found in the Atlantic forest region in Brazil, South America. It lives on the forest floor, where it may be found out in the open, under logs or leaf litter, or in burrows.
After breeding, the female can lay as many as 2,000 eggs! The eggs are then cocooned in an egg sac made out of a thick web of silk which is guarded by the female for several weeks until the young spiders, known as spiderlings, hatch.
If threatened, this tarantula is able to deter any potential predators by flicking irritating hairs from its abdomen. If the irritating hairs don’t deter the predator, the tarantula may have to resort to its fangs!
The Brazilian salmon pink tarantula does not currently face any specific threats; however the Atlantic forest, where this tarantula lives, is currently threatened due to deforestation.
Many conservation organisations are currently working to protect the Atlantic forest and the wide variety of plant and animal species that live there.
Like other spiders, tarantulas have 8 eyes! However, despite all these eyes, their eyesight is actually quite poor and is mostly used to detect light and dark.
After mating, the male must make a very quick retreat or else be at risk of being killed by the female!
Adult Brazilian salmon pink tarantula will shed their skin once a year. They will do this lying on their back, and can take around 10 hours to shed completely!
Having this be my 1st time coming to the zoo (I'm 31), I found it to be amazing! Could've walked around countless times and the animals are stunning.Helen, 3rd September 2015