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Brazilian Red Birdeating Tarantula

Lasiodora difficilis
Range: 
Brazil
Habitat: 
Rainforests characterized by a wet tropical climate with little or no dry season and abundant rainfall

A large terrestrial species of tarantula, reaching up to 9 inches in size. The basic colour of these heavy-bodied spiders varies between black and black-gray, with urticating red hairs on the abdomen.

The practice of calling tarantulas "bird-eating" derives from an early 18th century copper engraving that shows one eating a hummingbird. Despite the spider's name, it only rarely preys on birds.

Their diet consists of insects, frogs and mice.