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Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater (Lasiodora parahybana)

Alternatively known as LP or Salmon Pink, the Brazilian Pink Birdeater, belonging to the family of Theraphosidae is said to rank third amongst the tarantula species in the world in terms of size. Their big size and willingness to breed, makes them sought-after as pets.

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater

Scientific Classification

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Its body is about 7 inches (17.78 cm) in length while it has a leg span of 8 to 10 inches (20.32 cm to 25.4 cm). They grow at a fast pace, being about 6 inches (15.24 cm) by the time they are a year old.

Color: They have a greyish-black body with pinkish-red hairs on its leg. The males have a brighter coloration with their abdomen being more reddish.

Other Characteristic Features: The males have longer legs while the females are bigger in terms of weight.

Salmon Pink Birdeater

Eggs

The thick silken egg sac contains about 500 (but can be as many as 2000) eggs which look round and small when hatched.

Spiderlings

The spiderlings hatch in sometime and disperse soon after birth.

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater Spiderling

The Web

Their webs are not big enough and unlike most other spider species it is usually not spun for catching preys.

Salmon Pink Birdeater Web

Is the Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater Poisonous and Does it Bite

They are docile and do not attack unless provoked or instigated to do so. However, their bite is painful and their fangs are said to be an inch in length. Nevertheless, there has been no known incidence of their venom being poisonous to humans. Instead of biting they sting with their hair that may cause skin irritations. Moreover, their hairs could even result in blindness when it gets into one’s eyes.

Salmon Pink Birdeater Fangs

Quick Facts

Other names LP, Salmon pink
Lifespan Males: 3 years;
Females: 12 to 17 years
Distribution Tropical rain forests in Brazil
Habitat In the forest floor, burrows, or even under logs, leaves and crevices
Diet Small reptiles and birds, insects and amphibians
Lasiodora Parahybana
Salmon Pink

Did You Know

  • Brazilian zoologist, Cândido Firmino de Mello-Leitão discovered it in 1917.
  • Though these spiders have “bird eaters” attached to their names, they are rarely seen eating birds.
  • It is not endangered, but their numbers in the Atlantic forest is gradually depleting mostly because of deforestation. The WWF, Nature Conservancy and other organizations are doing their best to preserve the region and also save the numerous species inhabiting there.
  • IUCN has not yet assessed their conservation status, while the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and CMS categorize them as “Not Listed”.
Salmon Pink Birdeater Spider
Salmon Pink Birdeater Tarantula

Image Credits: Stlzoo.org, Reptilepark.com.au, Cdn.shopify.com, Lllreptile.com, Homepages.uc.edu, Pinchersandpokies.com,
Beardsleyzoo.org, I.ytimg.com, Jonathansjungleroadshow.co.uk

Alternatively known as LP or Salmon Pink, the Brazilian Pink Birdeater, belonging to the family of Theraphosidae is said to rank third amongst the tarantula species in the world in terms of size. Their big size and willingness to breed, makes them sought-after as pets.

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Its body is about 7 inches (17.78 cm) in length while it has a leg span of 8 to 10 inches (20.32 cm to 25.4 cm). They grow at a fast pace, being about 6 inches (15.24 cm) by the time they are a year old.

Color: They have a greyish-black body with pinkish-red hairs on its leg. The males have a brighter coloration with their abdomen being more reddish.

Other Characteristic Features: The males have longer legs while the females are bigger in terms of weight.

Salmon Pink Birdeater

Eggs

The thick silken egg sac contains about 500 (but can be as many as 2000) eggs which look round and small when hatched.

Spiderlings

The spiderlings hatch in sometime and disperse soon after birth.

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater Spiderling

The Web

Their webs are not big enough and unlike most other spider species it is usually not spun for catching preys.

Salmon Pink Birdeater Web

Is the Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater Poisonous and Does it Bite

They are docile and do not attack unless provoked or instigated to do so. However, their bite is painful and their fangs are said to be an inch in length. Nevertheless, there has been no known incidence of their venom being poisonous to humans. Instead of biting they sting with their hair that may cause skin irritations. Moreover, their hairs could even result in blindness when it gets into one’s eyes.

Salmon Pink Birdeater Fangs

Quick Facts

Other names LP, Salmon pink
Lifespan Males: 3 years;
Females: 12 to 17 years
Distribution Tropical rain forests in Brazil
Habitat In the forest floor, burrows, or even under logs, leaves and crevices
Diet Small reptiles and birds, insects and amphibians
Lasiodora Parahybana
Salmon Pink

Did You Know

  • Brazilian zoologist, Cândido Firmino de Mello-Leitão discovered it in 1917.
  • Though these spiders have “bird eaters” attached to their names, they are rarely seen eating birds.
  • It is not endangered, but their numbers in the Atlantic forest is gradually depleting mostly because of deforestation. The WWF, Nature Conservancy and other organizations are doing their best to preserve the region and also save the numerous species inhabiting there.
  • IUCN has not yet assessed their conservation status, while the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and CMS categorize them as “Not Listed”.
Salmon Pink Birdeater Spider
Salmon Pink Birdeater Tarantula

Image Credits: Stlzoo.org, Reptilepark.com.au, Cdn.shopify.com, Lllreptile.com, Homepages.uc.edu, Pinchersandpokies.com,
Beardsleyzoo.org, I.ytimg.com, Jonathansjungleroadshow.co.uk

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