Goliath Bird-Eating Spider
The Goliath Bird-Eating Spider is the second largest spider in the world when you consider its legs while measuring it. The explorers called it bird eating spider when they saw one eating a humming bird. Classification wise, it belongs to the Tarantula group. They are the largest species of tarantula in the world with a leg span of ten to twelve inches. They can live up to 25 years.
As gigantic they are, their legs can span over 12 inches. They have stocky bodies and brown color, more like coffee. They have dark stripes on the legs. Their bodies are covered with thick hair. The hair can make breathing difficult for preys. Its size is larger than an adult human’s palm. They have a pair of notorious fangs.
They are found in the rainforests of South America. They live in burrows. They are fond of living in swamps.
They are territorial, meaning that they will not take it lightly when their territory is invaded. They fight ruthlessly among each other over territory. They are fast as compared to other spiders. Their hair can produce rash on human’s skin. Being large comes handy in being aggressive.
These spiders can make a loud hissing noise by rubbing their legs together. When they feel threatened or angry, they produce hissing noise to send a signal to the opposition.Called stridulation, it can be loud enough to be heard up to 15 feet away. Once threatened, they often do not retreat. Because
Goliath Bird-Eating Spider are fearsome predators. They usually eat insects and beside they got their name after seeing eating birds, they seldom eat them. They use stealth and strength to prey. They sneak up till the best moment and pounce on the prey, inflicting a fatal bite with venomous fangs.Their size favors them in eating larger animals like rodents, frogs, snakes, bats and lizards.They snatch young birds from their nests. People have fed them cockroaches too. They don’t have teeth for tearing and chewing their meals so they pour digestive juices onto their victim.
The females eat a lot before mating. This is because once they have their egg sack in place, they won’t continue to eat. The females are picky but they do not kill the male after mating, like other spider species. Eggs hatch after 8 weeks of mating. One female can lay 200 eggs.
Goliath Bird-Eating Spider is believed to be harmless to the human but can bite in self-defense. Their venom is not very strong. Their bite will cause swelling and mild pain, like will feel like the sting of a bee.
They have tiny, almost invisible hairs. They flick these hair from their body into the air. When comes in contact, these hair can cause irritation and rash on skin and around eyes, and also can cause breathing problems if inhaled through nose and mouth. Because they are aggressive, thus they should not be kept as a pet. Only experienced collectors should keep these spiders as pets.