The Brazilian pink bloom tarantula (Pamphobeteus platyomma) is a new world bird eater species naturally found in South America. It is mainly located in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador and is used to warmer humid conditions. Since the pink bloom is considered a bird eater, they will get relatively large and have a quite stocky body when fully mature.
Brazilian Pink Bloom Size & Lifespan
Pamphobeteus platyomma is considered a medium to fast-growing species with the females reaching maturity in 3-5 years. The males of the species will reach maturity faster than the females ranging from 2-4 years of age. The time to reach maturity greatly depends on the temperature of their habitat and their feeding schedule (the higher the temperature and the more they are fed, the faster they will grow). With pamphobeteus platyomma being a bird eater this species of spider can reach a stocky size of 7 to 8 inches.
When the environmental conditions of their habitat are optimal and are well cared for they can be expected to live up to 10 years.
Brazilian Pink Bloom Facts & Characteristics
The Brazilian pink bloom is one of the more common pamphobeteus species that you can purchase. The males have a brilliant purple or pink coloration. The females, on the other hand, have a dark black and brown coloration.
This species has a unique ornate design on their carapace with lots of pink, dark grays and green highlights. They are known to have quite hairy legs that they will kick their hairs as a defense strategy.
The temperament of the pink bloom is typical for a bird eater. They are fast, nervous, and can be aggressive/defensive. The pink bloom can get startled very easily and is considered to be a very bad hair flicker so caution should be used when rehousing.
Handling & Bite
Due to the Brazilian pink being bird eaters, having a skittish nature and the defense mechanism of flicking hairs these tarantulas should be left to intermediately experienced tarantula owners. It is not advised to handle this species as they do not hesitate to bite or flick their urticating hairs.
The urticating hairs have small barbed bristles and will cause skin irritation when they come into contact with your skin. This irritation can last for several days and if the hairs get into the eyes, mouth, or nose area you should seek medical attention right away to prevent infections.
Brazilian Pink Bloom Feeding
Pamphobeteus platyomma is a very hardy tarantula and a very strong eater. Like most tarantulas, they can be fed a variety of food including crickets, mealworms, giant worms, dubia roaches. When the tarantula is a sling, they can be fed smaller Blatta lateralis roaches.
Brazilian Pink Bloom Tarantula Care
The pink bloom is a reasonably easy tarantula to care for; they require a high heat temperature as well as high humidity due to their natural South American environmental conditions. As with most tarantulas, one of the most important things for their health is to keep their enclosures clean.
Tank / Habitat
The pink bloom will require a temperature between 72-75°F in the winter months and 75-80°F in the summer months. The humidity should be kept at a consistent 70-80%. The habitat should have a water bowl that is continuously kept with fresh water.
This species does not burrow, so there does not need to be a lot of substrate. The substrate should be at least 4 inches deep and kept moist but not overly wet. They tend to hide in caves or under wood bark so there should be lots of hiding spaces for your pink bloom.
When the pink bloom reaches adulthood, they should be given an enclosure that is 10 gallons or more with lots of hiding spots.
Tarantulas need to be rehoused to ensure that their substrate, plants, and hiding spaces are clean and to ensure that the tarantula is healthy by doing a visual inspection. They should be rehoused every year or so depending on the enclosure. It is important to pay attention to your tarantulas and their habitats to notice if there are any changes in their behavior.
When rehousing, the old substrate should be removed and discarded. The enclosure should be washed out with soap and add new plants added. Replacing the substrate is the most important aspect to keep your tarantulas healthy by removing the bacteria buildup from their droppings etc.