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Goliath Bird Eating Spider The World s Biggest Spider

Posted by fabiogabriell on May 18, 2012 in Natural Environment

Goliath Bird-Eating spider, the world’s biggest spider is found in Amazon rain forest of South America. As the name indicates, it is known to eat young birds. Goliath Bird-Eating spider weighs about 150 grams and their legs spans up to 12 inches long. Its color ranges from light brown to dark and lives in burrows. They are commonly found in marshy and swampy areas of the forest.

Goliath Bird Eating Spider The World s Biggest Spider

Goliath Bird Eating Spider The World s Biggest Spider

Goliath Bird-Eating spider has hairs all over its body including abdomen and legs. You can also see faint markings on its legs. It is large enough to feed on beetles, insects and insect larvae, birds, crickets, rodents and reptiles. It does not have teeth to feed on these creatures. It injects its juices in to the prey which break down the body cells enough for the spider to feed on. It feeds less on mice since the excess amount of calcium can harm the spider. The female spiders have a long lifespan of 25 years and can lay 400 eggs. All the 400 eggs can be fertilized by a single male spider in one shot. The males can survive not more than six years and die after it attains maturity.

Like every creature, Goliath Bird-Eating spider also has its way of self defense. The big fangs of spiders can break your skin if you disturb them. The fine hairs can irritate your eye, throat, nose, lungs and skin. But the venoms in the fangs are not poisonous to humans. The swellings and pain can be healed without the help of medications. It produces some hissing sounds to signify that it is not familiar with you and to threaten you. The sound is louder that you can hear it even from 15 feet away.

Goliath Bird-Eating spider cannot be considered as a pet because the fine fur of these ugly creatures can harm your sensitive organs. So it is better to keep off these creatures.

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