Lasiodora Parahybana is one of the most unique tarantula species out there. They originate from tropical areas of North-Eastern Brazil. What makes them so special is the fact that they’re one of the largest tarantula species in the world. Actually, Lasiodora Parahybana is believed to be the third largest tarantula in the world. Apart from their enormous size, they are also known for their attractive pink hairs that are highlighted on their black/brown body.
Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater is a very popular tarantula in the world of exotic pet keepers. Apart from its unique appearance, it’s also very docile and easy to breed tarantula – making it an ideal choice for pet keepers.
With all that being said, let’s take a closer look at this amazing tarantula.
Lasiodora Parahybana Lifespan & Size
As mentioned already, Lasiodora Parahybana is a quite large tarantula. It’s known to grow up to 10 inches in leg span, which is almost double the size of most normal tarantulas. It’s a very rapid grower, so make sure you feed it a lot. Usually, they reach maturity after about 2-3 years, growing up to an average of 6-7 inch in size. Over the years, they can and will grow even larger than that. As for their lifespan, most are known to live up to 15 years of life.
Lasiodora Parahybana Facts & Characteristics
Despite being quite large and seemingly threatening tarantula species – Lasiodora Parahybana is in reality quite docile and peaceful tarantula. They are not known to be very aggressive or problematic, especially as pets. For this reason, they are very popular among tarantula enthusiasts, and a lot of beginners can pick them up as well.
When threatened, their basic instinct is to run away and hide, however, you will sometimes see them get into the defensive posture. If they do get extremely agitated, they can throw urticating hairs at you or even bite which can be a very unpleasant experience.
In their natural environment, Lasiodora Parahybana is known to be terrestrial, ambush predators – they will wait in hiding until the perfect moment has come to strike the prey down with their enormous fangs. They are rarely seen in burrows, and they don’t produce a lot of webbing either. They mainly rely on their predatory skills to hunt and eat. Although their name may suggest it, they do not (or very very rarely) eat birds. The name “Salmon Pink Birdeater” is mostly given due to their color and enormous size – they’re so large that they could eat actual birds!
What makes their appearance so magnificent, apart from their size, is their unique coloring that makes those flashy pink hairs really stand out on a dark body. On top of that, this species is known to be one of the best for display purposes, since they burrow so rarely. All of this makes them an ideal tarantula to enjoy for your viewing pleasures. They will often stand in the open, and they aren’t shy at all.
Handling & Bite
When it comes to tarantulas, it is always advised not to handle them unless absolutely necessary, especially when they are as large as Lasiodora Parahybana. However, due to their docile nature – they can be handled with proper treatment. Make sure you don’t agitate them or threaten them in any way otherwise they might get aggressive, and you can be in trouble.
Their bite is slightly venomous but not too dangerous or deadly. The biggest problem is that their fangs are quite large, which means that their bite is strong and powerful. Their bite can be very painful and is known to cause swelling, redness, skin irritation and even cramps.
Another thing you should note is that they can be somewhat vulnerable when being handled. Because of their large and heavy bodies, they can get hurt and split their organs very easily if they take some sort of fall damage. Be careful and keep them as safe as possible when handling.
Lasiodora Parahybana Feeding
Lasiodora Parahybana is a carnivorous tarantula species, so they require a lot of meat to grow properly. To meet their predatory nature, make sure you give them a lot of live food, as they like to hunt in their natural habitats. It’s a good idea to have those insects gut-fed and filled with vitamins & minerals before introducing them to your tarantula.
Here are some tarantula food you can try:
- Small pinkie mouse
Brazilian Salmon Pink Tarantulas are known to be quite voracious eaters due to their size, so make sure you feed them often. Ideally, you want to give them 2 insects per week to keep them satisfied. They will usually eat anything you give them so don’t be afraid of overfeeding them. The only time they stop eating is prior to their molting period, where they fast for a few days or weeks until they molt.
Lasiodora Parahybana Care
When it comes to their care, you shouldn’t have any problems keeping your Lasiodora Parahybana in check. With their peaceful nature, they won’t make your life too hard. Also, feel free to experiment with them if you’re a beginner and don’t let their size scare you off. The hardest part about keeping Lasiodora Parahybana is probably building and maintaining a good habitat.
Tank / Habitat
When it comes to their tank, you want to make sure you replicate their natural environment as much as possible. Since they come from tropical areas of Brazil, you want to keep it a little warmer with more humidity. Here’s some tank settings that can work:
- Medium sized terrarium – 15 gallon
- Humidity 70-85%
- Temperature of 75-82° F
- Substrate: 3-4 inches, Peat Moss, Bed-A-Beast Coconut Fiber
- Tanks with air filtration are preferable as it can get quite nasty otherwise
- Decor: Cork bark, driftwood, logs for hiding
Since they’re a bit larger than normal tarantulas, you want to make sure you give them slightly larger tank with more space. As for other requirements, the most important thing to keep in mind is the humidity. Keep their tank within given levels and spray it if necessary. Additionally, you want to have a shallow water dish that Lasiodora Parahybana can use when needed.
Lasiodora Parahybana Breeding
Lasiodora Parahybana is known to be one of the easiest and best species to breed in captivity. This is another reason for their huge popularity, as well as the fact that they produce a lot of spiderlings (up to 2000) after hatching.
So, how do you get them to breed?
The process is quite easy and standard for all tarantulas – merely introduce the male to the female terrarium and wait for the magic to happen. They will usually signal each other until they are comfortable with each other and when that happens, the male will move in closer in an attempt to mate. If the female is receptive, she will allow him to come closer without being aggressive. Male will lift the front of her body up and keep her fangs in check with his legs, and in this position, he will begin the process of mating by depositing his sperm inside of her abdomen. Shortly after finishing, the male will release her and attempt to get away. Females are known to get aggressive just moments after mating – they are even capable of capturing and eating the poor male if he isn’t quick enough to escape.
If mating was successful, the female will carry the eggs within her for a few months. Eventually, you will see a large white egg sack in the tank containing hundreds of spiderlings. Simply move it to some other place and release the spiderlings from the cocoon. And that’s it – you’ve successfully bred Lasiodora Parahybana.