I. SPECIFIC INFORMATION
Scientific name: Nhandu chromatus.
Common names: Brazilian red and white, White striped bird eater.
Previous names: Formerly mistakenly identified as “Lasiodora cristata“.
World spider catalog (≠ Lasiodora cristata)
Type: Terrestrial bird spider. Opportunistic burrower.
Category: New world tarantula.
Urticating setae: Yes (abdomen). The urticating setae of Nhandu chromatus are remarkably effective against mammals.
Venom: Probably mild. No valuable scientific research has been done yet.
Origin: Brazilië, Paraguay.
Body length: ≤ 6-7cm.
Span width: ≤ 17-20cm.
Behavior: Nervous. The spider will try to flee at first. She won’t hesitate to shed its urticating setae or give you an impressive threat pose. Persistent provocation can result in a bite. Urticating setae of Nhandu chromatus are remarkably effective against mammals, especially in the eyes and/or inhalation. Mine is a working class hero, moving lots of substrate once in a while.
Growth rate: Medium.
Life expectancy: Females can become up to 13-15 years old. Males are given a shorter lifetime from 3-4 years.