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Brazilian Giant Salmon Tarantula

Lasiodora parahybana

Habitat

The Brazilian giant salmon tarantula is found in burrows on the forest floor of the rainforest.

Diet in the wild

Insects, lizards, frogs, and mice

Diet at the Zoo

Insects and rodents

Fascinating Facts

  • Third largest species of spiders in the world with a leg-span of up to 10 inches
  • Females can lay 500 to 2,000 eggs at a time
  • Captures prey by waiting for it to wander by and then pouncing on it
  • Does not spin webs
  • Releases hairs on the enemy when threatened. These hairs are an irritant, especially in the eyes or nose