Semi Aggressive Tarantula Species

South American

Brazilian Red and White Tarantula (Lasiodora cristata) Jon Fouskaris
*Information provided by Frank Somma

Brazilian Red and White Tarantula

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The Brazilian Red and White Tarantula is a large and colorful terrestrial species. It is a relatively new species in the United States, they started becoming mainstream between 1998 and 2000. Today, the Brazilian Red and White Tarantula is being bred pretty regularly, and it is enjoying a life of fame and high demand. The Brazilian Red and White Tarantula is not to be confused with other Brazilian black and white beauties such as the Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula ( Acanthoscurria geniculata ), and the Brazilian Black and White Tarantula ( Brazilopelma colloratvillosum ). The photo to the left shows a possibly gravid adult female. Like any possibly gravid tarantula, if she molts, she will regain her pristine beauty, but she will not produce an eggsac. If she doesn't molt, she might not look her best, but she may bring over 1,000 new Brazilian Red and White Tarantulas into the hobby! This species is known to produce very small, almost tiny spiderlings, but with such a large number of babies, you can't blame them! This spider was formerly in the genus Vitalius, but it was transferred to Lasiodora in 2001. This species is even more beautiful than the specimen shown to the left, and if breeders keep up their steady pace, the Brazilian Red and White Tarantula is sure to be a regular in the hobby.

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

Range:

Found throughout the rainforests of eastern Brazil.

Type:

Terrestrial, but will burrow to some extent..

Diet:

Spiderlings eat flightless fruit flies, pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, other large insects, and small vertebrates.

Full Grown Size:

7 to 8 inches.

Growth Rate:

Medium speed.

Temperature:

75 to 80? F.

Housing:

Babies can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 15-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.

Temperament:

Semi-aggressive and nervous.

Humidity:

75 to 80%.

Substrate:

3 to 5 inches of peat moss.

Decor:

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

Other Names:

Brazilian Striped Red Rump Tarantula, and White Striped Birdeater.


South American

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.

Range:

Rainforests and savannahs of southern Brazil, and Paraguay.

Type:

Terrestrial..

Diet:

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.

Temperature:

80 to 85? F.

Housing:

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.

Temperament:

Semi-aggressive and nervous.

Humidity:

75 to 80%.

Substrate:

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

Decor:

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

Other Names:

Brazilian Orange Tarantula.


South American

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater Tarantula (Laisodora parahybana) Jon Fouskaris

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater Tarantula

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The Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater is one of the largest tarantula species in the world! This tarantula is an active and robust tarantula species. The Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater is a relatively fast growing species, reaching lengths of up to 6 inches in just 1 year! This tarantula is a very good eater as well, and will rarely turn down a cricket, or any other live food item. You may think that these tarantulas are expensive, or even hard to find, but this is not the case. Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeaters have many spiderlings at a time, sometimes over 2000, which makes them readily available, and inexpensive. Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeaters don't burrow much nor do they make large webs, making them very good display tarantulas. The Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater is the ideal tarantula species for intermediate or advanced keepers, and should be in all serious tarantula collections!.

Photo Description: JUVENILE MALE - Specimen provided by Terence Choo. - Photo taken by Terence Choo..

Range:

Tropical rainforests of eastern Brazil.

Type:

Terrestrial..

Diet:

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

Full Grown Size:

7.5 to 10 inches.

Growth Rate:

Fast speed.

Temperature:

75 to 85? F.

Housing:

Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 20-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.

Temperament:

Semi-aggressive and active.

Humidity:

78 to 82%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

Substrate:

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

Decor:

Logs, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places. Moss can be added for floor cover.

Other Names:

Brazilian Salmon Pink Tarantula, Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird Eating Tarantula, Salmon Pink Birdeater, Salmon Pink Bird Eating Tarantula, Salmon Pink Tarantula, Brazilian Pink Haired Birdeater, and Brazilian Pink Haired Bird Eating Tarantula.


South American

Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula (Acanthoscurria geniculata) Jon Fouskaris

Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula

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The Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula is a relatively new and exciting species. It is large, and unlike many other large terrestrial tarantulas, it is beautiful. The Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula is moderately aggressive. When disturbed, a Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula does not usually bite, but it likes to flick the stinging, airborne urticating hairs that New World tarantulas are famous for using as a defense. The hairs are itchy, and most people get a rash from them, so watch out when you open your Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula tank. This impressive tarantula can be expensive, but it is definitely worth it! Throughout 1998, the Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula was the most desired tarantula species available and was in high demand. This tarantula is still a desired species due to it's combination of size, and beauty. The Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula goes by many different common names, which can be confusing, although they are all similar. Some of the names are listed below. The Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula makes an unbelievable display tarantula, and is sure to grab the attention of anybody who sees it!

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

Range:

Forests of northern Brazil.

Type:

Terrestrial..

Diet:

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

Full Grown Size:

7 to 8 inches.

Growth Rate:

Fast speed.

Temperature:

80 to 85? F.

Housing:

Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 15-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.

Temperament:

Semi-aggressive and nervous.

Humidity:

75 to 80%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

Substrate:

3 to 4 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.

Decor:

Logs, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places. Moss can be added for floor cover.

Other Names:

Brazilian Whiteknee Birdeater, Brazilian Whitekneed Tarantula, Brazilian White Banded Bird Eating Tarantula, Brazilian Black and White Stripe Birdeater, White Knee Tarantula, Whitekneed Bird Eating Tarantula, Giant White Knee Birdeater, Giant Whitekneed Tarantula, and Santarem Pink Haired Bird Eating Tarantula.


South American

Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantula (Pseudotheraphosa apophysis) Jon Fouskaris
*Information provided by Frank Somma

Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantula

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The Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantula is a highly desirable and massive tarantula species! Although the Goliath Birdeater (Theraphosa blondi) is renowned for being the largest spider in the world, some breeders and hobbyists believe otherwise. The Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantula was described 187 years after the Goliath Birdeater, therefore it's not as well-known. Recently, this species changed from the Pseudotheraphosa genus to the Theraphosa genus. Whether or not it's the largest tarantula species, the Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantula is still an immense spider, with some specimens recorded up to 13 inches in legspan! In the wild, they are found in burrows up to 24 inches in the ground! Since most people can't provide it with that much substrate in captivity though, and since most people want to see their tarantula, four to eight inches of substrate is acceptable. The Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantula is a moderately aggressive species with severe urticating hairs. It is not a beginner's species. Unfortunately, Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantulas are very rarely bred in captivity. They also can't be exported anymore, since Venezuela is closed to exportation. Pinkfoot Goliath Tarantulas are some of the hardest to find tarantulas in captivity, and they are quite possibly the largest spiders on earth!

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

Range:

Venezuela.

Type:

Burrowing..

Diet:

Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, other large insects, and small vertebrates.

Full Grown Size:

9 to 13 inches.

Growth Rate:

Fast speed.

Temperature:

Around 80? F.

Housing:

Babies can live in a clear plastic deli-container with air holes. Adults can live in a 15 to 20-gallon tank. Floor space is as important as height.

Temperament:

Semi-aggressive and nervous.

Humidity:

75 to 80%.

Substrate:

4 to 8 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.

Decor:

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

Other Names:

Venezuelan Goliath Tarantula, Venezuelan Bird Spider, and Goliath Pinkfoot Tarantula.


South American

Trinidad Chevron Tarantula (Psalmopoeus cambridgei) Jon Fouskaris

Trinidad Chevron Tarantula

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The Trinidad Chevron Tarantula is one of the most popular arboreal species. It's large size, and interesting look makes it many people's favourite species! Trinidad Chevron Tarantulas have been acknowledged as "adorable" and "cuddly" due to it's fuzzy appearance. Hence the name, the Trinidad Chevron Tarantula has a chevron marking on it's abdomen, and has bright orange stripes on the ends of it's legs which visibly separates this species from most others tarantulas. Trinidad Chevron Tarantulas can be found in most collections because it is a common species. This species is a good choice for the intermediate keeper, even though they are fast tarantulas. Trinidad Chevrons are inexpensive, easily distinguishable captive tarantulas that are great for most tarantula collections.

Photo Description: ADULT FEMALE - Specimen provided by West Coast Zoological. - Photo taken by Mark Hart..

Range:

Tropical areas of Trinidad & Tobago.

Type:

Arboreal..

Diet:

Spiderlings eat flightless fruit flies, pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, moths, flies, other large insects, and an occasional small lizard or pinkie mouse.

Full Grown Size:

4.5 to 5.5 inches.

Growth Rate:

Fast speed.

Temperature:

75 to 85? F.

Housing:

Spiderlings can live in a tall clear plastic container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 15-gallon tank. Height is more important than floor space.

Temperament:

Semi-aggressive and nervous.

Humidity:

78 to 82%. All tarantulas that have at least a 3" leg span may drink from a shallow, wide water dish.

Substrate:

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

Decor:

Branches, live plants, vines, etc. make good hiding places and provide a base for the web. Moss can be added for floor cover.

Other Names:

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