Goliath Birdeater Tarantula

Where in the world?

Upland rain forest regions of northern South America.


Animal Facts:

The Goliath Birdeater is the largest tarantula species in both mass and size. It can reach up to 11 inches in leg span and 5 inches in body length!

The Goliath Birdeater has 3 major forms of defense. One, they can rub their legs against their abdomens to flick hairs. Two, their venomous fangs produce a sting similar to that of a wasp sting. Three, they can make a hissing sound by rubbing their hairs together to scare off predators.

Despite its name, the Goliath Birdeater does not prey on birds. They instead eat a variety of insects, worms, amphibians, and occasionally small lizards or snakes.

Did you know?

Even with eight eyes, the Goliath Birdeater doesn’t see much. It uses the hairs on its legs and abdomen to sense vibration on the ground or in the air.

1 Comment

  1. Alicia Johnston

    Spelling error on the giant bird eating tarantula. During the section about what it eats. The writer accidentally wrote each instead of the word eat.


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January 29, 2019