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Goliath Bird eater (Theraphosa leblondi)

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Sunday, March 12, 2000 1:21 AM:

The Goliath Bird eater:

Classified as Theraphosa leblondi, The largest known spider in the world. Range in south America, especially rainforest regions of French Guiana, Guyana and southern brazil. Adult females length of 100mm or more with a leg span of 175mm. The entire body is a uniform reddish clay color sometimes black, with stripes on the leg faintly visible. Hair on the body, abdomen, and legs. Tall in stature and seemingly heavy, and sometimes when fully engorged up to 7 ounces or more.

As far as behavior is concerned any and all interaction must be done so with extreme caution, they are highly aggressive and nervous. This spider readily bites and does so quickly with extreme precision. I personally have received several bites and attempts at biting from an adult female and can testify to the severity of it, deep and painful sometimes local numbing around the wound. They also perform an odd defense of flicking abdominal hairs to irritate a would be predator, merely an annoyance to some but very allergic reactions have been reported from this behavior. A loud hissing sound is also heard when disturbing this spider they use a form of stridulation to create the illusion, much like a cricket when singing.

Feeding is a chore from day one with this feisty giant. From the deli cup phase onward they literally eat anything that moves, daily feedings result in huge gains in size early on. Captive raised juveniles favored over wild caught adults due to lack of availability and general health concerns with the adults. My personal favorite among the giants in fact the only spider to share the bedroom with me! Refer to housing and care guidelines on the preceding page for care requirements and about 10 to anything regarding feeding or enclosures!