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Lasiodora difficilis (Brazilian Fire Red Birdeater Tarantula) care + information

Lasiodora difficilis (Brazilian Fire Red Birdeater Tarantula) care + information

Name Pronunciation:
Lasiodora (laa-see-uh-DAW-ruh)
difficilis (dif-uh-SI-lis)

* Adapted from The American Tarantula Society

Name and Description History:
Lasiodora difficilis Mello-Leitão, 1921
Lasiodora difficilis Mello-Leitão, 1923
Lasiodora difficilis Bücherl, 1957
Lasiodora difficilis Schmidt, 1986
Lasiodora difficilis Schmidt, 1993
Lasiodora difficilis Schmidt, 1997
Lasiodora difficilis Peters, 2000
Lasiodora difficilis Peters, 2003
Lasiodora difficilis Schmidt, 2003

Size: 9” – 10”

Growth Rate: Fast
Natural Habitat: Brazil, eastern
Housing Needs: Terrestrial setup. Spiderlings will burrow. moderate humidity. 
Temperament: An aggressive eater. Not usually defensive.

About: This is one of the largest growing tarantulas in the hobby, reaching up to a 10” leg span. It is heavy-bodied with a black carapace and red hairs on its abdomen. Similar to the Lasiodora parahybana, it is hardy and easy to care for. They are found in tropical and subtropical conditions across Brazil. They like to have a fair amount of humidity in the enclosure, but be careful not to saturate the substrate. They will utilize a hide if provided one, and may move substrate around their enclosure.