Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-eating Tarantula
This species of tarantula is from north-eastern Brazil and is considered to be the third largest tarantula in the world.
The salmon pink bird-eater can attain a leg size of up to 11 inches; especially in males as their legs are longer than the female’s. However, females can weigh more than 100 grams. Females are often bulky: they have a large body size in comparison to their legs, whereas males tend to be slender in body size. Mature males will also have tibial hooks on the front pair of legs; these hook back a female’s fangs during mating.
This species will defend itself against predators by raising its front legs to reveal its large fangs. They will also flick urticating hairs from their abdomen which irritate and deter potential threats. The species is a sit and wait predator; hiding under leaf litter before launching and their prey and subduing them with a potent venom before eating them.
Although there are a few reports of this species eating small birds in the wild, it is actually very rare and unlikely that this would happen. In fact they mostly prey on other large insects and the occasional amphibian!