Mar 26, 2012

Brazilian Salmon Pink Tarantula (Lasiodora parahybana)

Did you know?

That the Brazilian Salmon Pink Tarantula is a popular specie kept as pets because of the growing hobby of having tarantulas? That tarantulas, despite its common name spider-birds do not feed birds or pigeons? This misconception arose because an old and misleading picture of Maria Sibylla Merian was a hummingbird sucking a tarantula.

The Brazilian salmon pink tarantula can reach evergadura between the legs of 20-25 cm, while the body is 9-10 cm long. Males have relatively longer pastas, but large females can weigh over 100 g. The uniform gray color is black. The body and pasta are covered with straight hairs, long, gray or salmon. The hairs on the abdomen of the males are more reddish. The body is divided into an anterior prosoma (cephalothorax) and opisthosoma posterior (abdomen), without visible segmentation. The first has eight eyes, two front claws chelicerae ventral directed backwards connected to venom glands, two pedipalps and eight walking legs, the latter has long spinners and two pairs of book lungs ventral type with slit openings. This tarantula is out of his lair more often than other tarantulas. 

Generally, rarely moves, but if it does, is very fast. To defend themselves, first shakes his stinging hairs of abdomen with his hind legs. These hairs can cause serious (allergic) reactions. If this does not work, hit with his front paws. This tarantula is vigorous and voracious. In nature, it is known that the species is known even by sovereign predar dangerous snakes. The prey is digested in front of the mouth through the digestive juices injected through the chelicerae. The liquid content of the dam is finally absorbed. Both sexes have their genital opening in front on the ventral abdomen. The male deposits a drop of sperm in a network built by the same with their pedipalps to transfer to the female’s genital opening. After mating, the female produces a cocoon with up to 1,200 eggs. The well-fed specimens grow rapidly and reach maturity in 2 (males) or 3 years (females).They can live up to 12-15 years and adults molt once a year, which lasts 10 hours, the spider extendidad on his back.     

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