Even though these fascinating spiders have a rather scary appearance, they are actually popular among spider fanatics who keep them as pets.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most interesting facts about the Brazilian salmon pink spider, one of the largest spiders in the world.
1. They are endemic to a particular region in Brazil
Just as the name of this particular spider implies, the Brazilian salmon pink spider is native to Brazil. This doesn’t mean that you will find them all over the country though because they are endemic to one specific region.
You will only find these spiders in Paraíba, a relatively small state in the northeastern part of the country and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
2. They are a member of a famous spider family
Not to be confused by the Goliath birdeater, another spider native to Brazil and the largest spider in the world by body mass and length, these spiders are sometimes referred to as the “Brazilian salmon pink bird-eating tarantula.”
Just like the Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), these spiders don’t really eat birds, even though they would surely be capable of that due to their size.
They are a member of the Tarantula family and are placed in the genus “Lasiodora.”
3. It’s one of the largest types of spiders in the world
These spiders can have a body length (including the legs) of up to 25 centimeters (9.8 inches), even though larger individuals do exist.
This means that they are the 4th-largest tarantula in the world as only the 3 species in the genus “Theraphosa” are bigger.
The males usually have longer legs than the females but they weigh less. Females have a bulky body and can weigh over 100 grams (3.52 oz), which is quite huge!
4. They aren’t aggressive but do have dangerous defense mechanisms
Even though these spiders do have the means to defend themselves from danger, they won’t lash out without reason. Their teeth are extremely sharp and can cause a serious wound, but they only bite as a last resort in case of danger.
Whenever they feel threatened the spider will raise its legs in that typical stance also found in other members of the tarantula family.
The most dangerous defense feature for humans is the hairs found on the abdomen of the spider. These urticating hairs can not only cause serious irritation but actual blindness if it comes in contact with the eyes.
5. It’s easy to breed them which makes them popular pets
Male Brazilian salmon pink spiders really have to work hard to reproduce. First, they deposit sperm into a web they made referred to as a “sperm web.” Shortly after they soak up the sperm using their pedipalps, the appendages sticking out of the front of their bodies.
When they have located a receptive female they quickly overpower it and insert both pedipalps to inject the sperm.
When that’s completed, there’s only one thing they need to do, which is RUN!
The female will actually chase the male and if the latter isn’t fast enough it’s in acute danger of being eaten by the female. After all, the female is bulkier and hence stronger and can easily overpower the male.
Regarding this fascinating process of reproduction, breeding these spiders is actually pretty easy. This in combination with the fact that these spiders aren’t aggressive actually turns them into popular pets as well.
More interesting facts about the Brazilian salmon pink spider
6. The scientific name of this spider is “Lasiodora parahybana,” which is also the reason why it’s sometimes described as simply “LP.” It was remarkably only discovered in the year 1917 and subsequently described by Cândido Firmino de Mello-Leitão (1886-1948).
This Brazilian zoologist is considered to be the founding father of Arachnology in South America and he is credited with the discovery and first description of dozens of spider species.
7. The reason why they are referred to as the “salmon pink spider” is because of the pinkish hairs they have on their body, legs, and abdomen.
These hairs are only present in mature individuals. The overall color of the spider is black without any specific markings.
8. These spiders are described as “ambush predators” that do not spin a web. This means that they lie around waiting for unsuspecting prey to pass by and quickly strike them down. They subdue the victim, deliver a fatal bite, and feast on the unfortunate create that they caught.
9. Even though they mostly feed on large insects, these spiders also actively hunt down small amphibians or reptiles. Their preferred habitat is the forest floor in the state of Paraíba.
Their preferred hiding places are either inside logs or burrows but they might as well hide below leaves that are lying around on the floor of the dense jungle.
10. Even though these are some of the most popular spiders in the world to keep as pets, handling these creatures does come with associated risks. Their fangs are extremely sharp and a bit resemble that of a cat.
Coming in touch with the hair of these spiders is even more dangerous as they are considered to be the most painful hairs of any type of spider that is kept as a pet. Not something you want to experience, that’s for sure!