Goliath spider eats birds makes perfect Halloween animal

birdeating spider(tarantula)

bird eating spider (tarantula)

“The Goliath bird eating spider (also called the birdeater) (Theraphosa blondi) is an arachnid belonging to the tarantula family and is the largest spider in the world. These spiders have up to a 30 centimeter (12 in) long leg span when fully extended and can weigh over 120 grams. Wild goliath birdeaters live in deep burrowing species, found commonly in marshy or swampy areas. Goliath birdeaters usually live in burrows in the ground that they have either dug themselves or have been previously abandoned by rodents or other similar creatures.
Female birdeaters live 15 to 25 years. Males may live 3 to 6 years. Colors range from dark to light brown with faint markings on the legs. Birdeaters have hair on their bodies, abdomens, and legs.

Goliath bird-eating spider is fairly harmless to humans, If bitten the venom in their fangs causes swelling and mild pain for a few hours (like a wasp sting).

This is not a species of tarantula you’d keep as a pet. The tiny, almost invisible hairs that it voluntarily sends floating through the air are extremely irritating to our skin, and can cause real problems if they got into delicate mucous membranes around eyes and mouth.

Tarantulas use their fangs for subduing their prey and carrying it to their dens (or to a safe location) for devouring at their leisure. They don’t have teeth for tearing and chewing their meals so they regurgitate digestive juices onto their victim. These digestive juices break down the soft tissues so that the spider can slurp up its meal. All that’s left when the spider has finished its meal is bones, skin, fur and/or feathers. The goliath bird-eating spider has been known to take young birds like hummingbirds from their nests for its mealtime pleasure – hence the name “bird-eater”. Tarantulas eat frogs, small snakes, beetles, lizards, and even bats.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliath_birdeater

http://www.extremescience.com/BiggestSpider.htm
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video on this giant tarantula: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/bugs-animals/spiders-and-scorpions/

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