||Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater
The long common name of this species suits its size, as salmon pinks are one of the world's largest non-marine arthropods (possibly the third largest tarantula species).� Adults may range from 8 to 10 inches in legspan, maybe even bigger.� They are voracious feeders, fast growers, and very bold.�
Their pet-trade name comes from the long pink hairs that sprout forth from their abdomens, legs, and chelicerae.� Their Latin name comes from their collection locale in Eastern Brazil.
These are bulky spiders, with a fairly large carapace in relation to leg length.� Also, leg I is only slightly longer than leg IV, the femora are uniformly thick, and the chelicerae are huge, giving them a stout, tank-like appearance.
They breed quite readily in captivity and have many young, which makes spiderlings very affordable.� That fact, coupled with their coloration and superior adaptability compared to Theraphosa spp.,makes them a great choice for those who desire a huge spider.
Range: Eastern Brazil, near Campina Grande and Paraiba
Habitat:� Tropical forest floor
Size: Large.� Very large.� Some acquire legspans of 9-10".
Attitude: Bold.� They will often sit out in the open.� Some individuals are handy with the urticating hairs, while others are quick to defend themselves via biting.� Though they are not as prone to fang-weilding as some other tarantulas, most will make it clear that they do not want to be handled. I've had 8, and all of them flicked hair very readily.
Dwelling:� They generally have no qualms about being seen and lounge about in plain view; however, they will occasionally use a provided shelter.
This is what happened to the frog in the top picture about 2 seconds after the first photo was taken.
Ideal Setup: A shallow 10 gallon container with a thin layer of substrate, a water dish, and a shelter.� Try to keep a decent amount of� humidity with a light moistening of the substrate every week or so.� Keep the temp around 75-80 degrees F if possible.
Food:� Crickets, small lizards, pinkie and fuzzy mice, your mother-in-law, the kitchen sink. . . .�� Seriously, these spiders will eat just about anything smaller than they are, and lots of it.� In the wild, they are regular consumers of small vertebrates, and my 5 1/2" youngster eats pinkie mice like they're potato chips (my larger one eats EVERYTHING, to include fuzzy mice, crickets, hissing roaches, lizards, and even fish released into her water bowl).� Simply ensure that what you offer them hasn't been exposed to pesticides and isn't very adept at defending itself.� Be prepared to never be able to satisfy the little monster, and to always clean up food remains.
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