Scientific Name: Nhandu Chromatus
Common Name: White Striped Birdeater, Brazilian Red & White
Category: New World
Endemic Location: Brazil/Paraguay
Body Length: 2.75” (7cm)
Diagonal Leg Span (DLS): 6.6-7.8” (17-20cm)
Urticating Hairs: Yes
Growth Rate: medium to fast
Life Expectancy: Females 13-15 years / Males 3-4 years
Recommended Experience Level: Beginner
Also known as the Brazilian Red and White Tarantula, Nhandu chromatus is an extremely popular yet very unique tarantula. Looking at many different tarantula collections, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t feature this incredible species.
At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be too many unique characteristics pertaining to this tarantula. However, after spending just a few minutes observing Nhandu chromatus, you really start to appreciate its subtle beauty. They can be defensive for a new world tarantula. Known to throw up threat poses but doesn’t necessarily flick hairs all that often. Good display species
It has a velvety-black base color with contrasting white stripes on the legs, a pale blond carapace that darkens with age, and striking red abdominal hairs. The hairs on this species go beyond just beautiful colors. As it is a new world tarantula, Nhandu chromatus has urticating hairs that it can flick at any threat. These hairs, while highly effective, also appear more striking than the hairs of other tarantulas.
In terms of sizing and overall growth, this species isn’t unlike other Brazilian tarantulas. Most Brazilian species reach adulthood in 3-4 years, developing a leg span of 6 to 7 inches in the process. This size may surprise people once they hear that these tarantulas eat birds in the wild.
Compared to other bird-eaters, this species is a bit on the smaller size! However, its long, slender legs and striking build make it appear larger than it actually is.