The Lasiodora klugi (also known as the Bahia scarlet) is a tarantula endemic to Brazil. Its common name refers to the state of Bahia.
The species grows from 8 to 10 inches in size and looks similar to Lasiodora parahybana. L. klugi however has darker red hairs on its abdomen and has a heavier and thicker build than L. parahybana. L. klugi is more on the defensive and aggressive side whereas L. parahybana is a bit more skittish and tolerant. Like L. parahybana, L. klugi is an active and fast growing tarantula species that preys on a variety of insects and reptiles.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Arachnida
- Order: Araneae
- Suborder: Mygalomorphae
- Family: Theraphosidae
- Genus: Lasiodora
- Species: L. klugi
- Binomial name: Lasiodora klugi
Most of Brazil has high annual average temperatures, above 22°C (72°F). Only in the South and in the highest elevations does the average fall below this.
A tropical wet climate characterizes much of northern Brazil, with abundant rainfall and little or no dry season. Temperatures average 25°C (77°F). Rainfall averages about 2,200 mm (about 90 in) a year. Over central Brazil rainfall is more seasonal, characteristic of a savanna climate. Eighty percent of the rain falls in summer (October through March). Here rainfall averages about 1,600 mm (about 60 in) a year. In the interior Northeast, seasonal rainfall is even more extreme. The semiarid region receives less than 800 mm (30 in) of rain, which falls in a period of two or three months.
It can be tough to fully identify any Spider habitat if you aren’t really looking for them. They blend in very well to their natural surroundings. They are able to chance colors too if they need to in order to blend in with what is all around them. Not everyone believes that the Spider can live in the wetlands but they do.
Some live along the edges of lakes and ponds too. They don’t need the water or the moisture there. Instead, this location offers them a prime area to be able to find lots of food and shelter. It is a winning location for them that helps them to be able to thrive.
I keep a water dish in the tank. I have never seen mine drink. i also dampen one-half of the substrate in the terrarium by overflowing the water dish, than I allow it to dry out.
The growth rate for this species is medium-fast. With proper heating and feeding it may attain a leg length of four inches.
Lasiodora klugi images