* Adapted from The American Tarantula Society
Name and Description History:
Lasiodora parahybana Mello-Leitão, 1917
Lasiodora parahybana Mello-Leitão, 1923
Lasiodora parahybana Bücherl, 1957
Lasiodora parahybana Schmidt, 1986
Lasiodora parahybana Hancock & Hancock, 1989
Lasiodora parahybana Schmidt, 1993
Lasiodora parahybana Tansley, 1997
Lasiodora parahybana Schmidt, 1997
Lasiodora parahybana Peters, 2000
Lasiodora parahybana Peters, 2003
Lasiodora parahybana Schmidt, 2003
Lasiodora parahybana Zinov, 2013
Size: 11” + But typically grow to 7” – 10”
Growth Rate: Very fast
Natural Habitat: Brazil, eastern. tropical forest floors
Housing Needs: Terrestrial setup. Spiderlings will burrow.
Temperament: They are tolerant and rarely give a threat posture. That being said, they have the most irritating type of urticating hairs, and will not hesitate to kick them when disturbed.
About: This gorgeous giant is one of the most popular species. Being the 4th largest spider in the world makes this quite a conversation piece, as well as an excellent display spider. An adult male can reach over 11”. They are quite bulky, with a velvet black abdomen adorned with long salmon bristles all over. Many people who own these report that when they approach the enclosure, their parahybana tries to climb out. They are more tolerant than most species. These tarantulas are voracious eaters with appetites that match their size! Once on the ground it can be difficult to coax them to move. They are bold and do not spook easily, so they are out in the open most all of the time, making them a great display animal. They will do some landscaping if given the depth, we recommend having at least 5" of substrate for them to dig around in, as well as some kind of hide.