Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird Eating Spider
With a leg-span of up to 25cm, the Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird Eating Spider is the third largest tarantula in the world.
These bold spiders have a reputation for being semi-aggressive and are capable of kicking irritating urticating hairs from their abdomen if threatened. Our spider Delilah however, has the gentlest of temperaments! Come and visit her in the Tropical Realm.
In the wild, these formidable spiders may eat the occasional bird although their diet predominately consists of insects, lizards, frogs and mice.
Unlike many other spiders, Bird Eating Spiders don’t spin webs to catch their prey. Instead, these ambush predators spend much of their time out hunting to satisfy their voracious appetites. Prey is detected either through movement or chemical signals and when close enough; the spider will pounce quickly, injecting its victim with venom from fangs that can reach 2.5cm in length!
Every few days our keepers place either crickets, locusts, cockroaches or other insects into Delilah’s tank for her to hunt as she would in the wild. We also spray her tank regularly with a fine mist of water to keep the humidity high; replicating climatic conditions of the tropical rainforests.
Where they live: Eastern Brazil
Habitat: Floor of the tropical rainforest
Size: Legspan - up to 25cm Body length: up to 11cm
Conservation status: IUCN Red List: Not Assessed