Salmon Pink Spider
This species comes from Brazil and is also sometimes called a Bird Eating
spider, which is very misleading. They certainly do not spin webs to catch
pigeons! However, they may well eat a chick that has fallen out of the nest.
Large insects tend to make up most of their diet, by small mammals may also
be taken. This spider is one of the largest in the world; large females can
have a 25cm leg span, although 20cm is more of a common size. When
threatened, as with many hairy spiders, they kick out tiny hairs from the
abdomen. If these hairs get into an attacker's eyes it can be extremely
irritating and is usually enough to deter the predator. If this is not
enough, the spider has enormous fangs which are all too ready to be used if
Nowadays we think of any big hairy spider to be called a Tarantula.
There is a legend from the town of Taranto in Spain that says to survive a bite a particular spider
the victim must perform a dance called the Tarantella and this is where the name "Tarantula" is derived from