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  1. About Goliath bird-eating spiders.
  2. History and where they are found.
  3. Description.
  4. Hunting technique.
  5. The venom and urticating hairs.
  6. Biology of the spider.
  7. Handling the Goliath bird-eating spider.
  8. Ailments.

The Goliath Bird-Eating Spider, which is scientifically known as Theraposa blondi, is indeed a spider that can actually eat a bird. This spider that belongs to the Tarantula family is hairy and is coffee-colored. The Goliath Bird-Eating Spider is a large spider with four pairs of thick legs, a large abdomen and has a stocky broad carapace. The body of this spider is about the size of a dinner plate and are divided into two external parts namely; the cephalothorax, and the abdomen. Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders can weigh as much as 70 grams. The legs of this spider are usually 10 inches in length but could reach a maximum length of 12 inches. The male of this spider species is more slender and long-legged than the female (Biggest Spider, 2003). Giant Bird-Eating Spiders bodies have sensory hairs that help them feel even the slightest vibrations on the ground and in the air.

[...] Smaller spiders recover much quicker than larger ones. Other Problems: Other problems are usually the result of some type of environmental stress. There may be a drop in the temperature of the enclosure, there may be parasites, or the tarantula may just not be comfortable with the depth of its hiding place. These things can be easily adjusted or changed, or you can try moving your pet to a new enclosure. Availability: The Goliath Bird-eating Spider has been bred in captivity and [...]


[...] Most common small spiders would use different techniques in order to capture prey for food. Most would constuct elaborate and intricate webs that trap small insects and animals. Some have the ability to leap great distances in order to capture their prey. The Goliath Bird-Eating Spider does not use such techniques but instead relies mainly on its strength and old-fashioned stealth. Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders would pounce on unsuspecting prey and would rely on their poisonous venom in order to kill their prey. [...]

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