South American Tarantula Species

Semi Aggressive

Brazilian Red Tarantula (Nhandu carapoensis) Jon Fouskaris
*Information provided by Frank Somma

Brazilian Red Tarantula

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Brazilian Red Tarantulas are large and shaggy tarantulas. These rare tarantulas have long red hairs covering their body, that's how they got their common name! A Brazilian Red Tarantula can make a pretty good display tarantula since they are large and don't really burrow. Since the Brazilian Red Tarantula is from the non-extensive genus Nhandu, it can be picked out on a price list without much confusion. These tarantulas are aggressive, and are more on the skittish side. The urticating hairs from the Brazilian Red Tarantula are supposedly more severe than many other species, and they are not shy about flicking their hairs at a potential predator or threat, which could be it's owner! Not a beginner's species, the Brazilian Red Tarantula is a good display tarantula.

Photo Description: SUB-ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by Frank Somma. - Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.


Rainforests and savannahs of southern Brazil, and Paraguay.




Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, other large insects, and an occasional pinkie mouse.

Full Grown Size:

6 to 6.5 inches.

Growth Rate:

Medium speed.


80 to 85? F.


Babies can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 5 to 10-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.


Semi-aggressive and nervous.


75 to 80%.


3 to 5 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.


No decorations are really needed, but you can add a log, or cork bark.

Other Names:

Brazilian Orange Tarantula.

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