Meet Our Animals > Brazilian Black Tarantula
Quick Facts
Native to Grasslands of Uruguay and Brazil
Primary Diet Mice, worms, crickets, and lizards
Adult Weight Unknown (due to their delicate nature and disposition, it is difficult to record weights)
Lifespan Males: 6 to 7 years; Females: up to 20 years
Status Least Concern

Brazilian Black Tarantula

Like many other tarantulas, the Brazilian black is nocturnal. It leaves its hiding place to hunt and forage for food at dawn or dusk and uses its senses to detect the vibrations of nearby prey. Instead of spinning webs, it burrows tunnels and holes in the ground where it hides. Hunting involves quietly positioning itself close to the burrow’s entry and waiting for its prey.


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