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Nhandu colorativillonis

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Photo: Insectarium de Montréal, René Limoges

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Description

These large tarantulas can measure over 22 cm across.

They have black bodies and legs with wide white stripes.

Country of origin

Brazil
French name
Mygale
Scientific name
Nhandu colorativillonis
English name
Brazilian black and white Tarantula
Class
Arachnida
Order
Theraphosidae
Family
Araneidae
Living environment

Diet

In the wild, these carnivorous spiders feed on insects, but also on small lizards and rodents.

Habitat

It is a terrestrial species that lives in grasslands, prairies and on plains.

They often hide under stones and bits of wood.

Geographic distribution

In the grasslands of Brazilian Amazonia.

Ecological role

As predators, they help to maintain the balance of nature in their habitat.

Special behaviour

These tarantulas are not considered aggressive, but when they feel threatened they can defend themselves by throwing urticating hairs at an aggressor.

Interesting facts

Status

The species is common in its range.

At the Insectarium

The adults are fed crickets and mealworm larvae.

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