The Goliath Birdeater: Largest Spider In The World

 Kevin Brown
  Jan 01, 2019

The Goliath Birdeater: Largest Spider In The World

Most of the spiders we come across in life are averagely sized spiders and if those spiders creep the hell out of you then wait till you meet the giant Goliath birdeater. It is the world’s largest spider that is almost of the size of a dinner plate. Despite its fearful appearance, this spider won't attack you unless you pose some serious threat to it. Check out such interesting facts about this massive spider in the following post:

The male Goliath bird-eating spiders are very short as compared to their female counterparts. Their average life span is 3 to 6 years and they reach sexual maturity somewhere between 3 to 6 years and die within a year after mating with the female spider. The female spider creates web and lays 50 to 200 eggs into it, gathers the web into a ball and carries that web around to protect it. The typical life span of female Goliath is 10 to 15 years but they have the potential to survive up to 25 years in the wild.

Goliath is the largest spider in the world according to its body mass and size. They are normally found in northern south America. Their body length is generally 11.9cm but some Goliath spiders can reach the body length of 11 inches. The leg span of this spider is measured to be 28cm and they weigh around 175gms.

Goliath birdeater belongs to tarantula species of spiders. Tarantulas are large spiders with hairs on their abdomen, legs, and two tarsal claws. These spiders do not really pose any serious threat to humans. They attack humans only when they feel threatened and a need to defend themselves. You do not have anything to worry if you just leave them alone. These spiders are venomous but they are least likely to use their venom on humans and if they do in the worst case, you will just experience swelling and some pain. The bite of Goliath birdeater is not fatal for human life.

These spiders can attack and eat small birds but they rarely manage to capture birds so they mostly feed themselves with worms, insects, lizards, frogs, toads, and snakes sometimes.

When these massive spiders feel threatened, they shoot tiny, barbed hairs from their abdomen to defend themselves. These tiny hairs cause irritation to the human skin. If these hairs get caught in the eyes, nose or mouth of the attacker it can cause great agitation to them. Delicate body parts like eyes can severely due to this attack of tiny hairs.

Like other tarantula spiders, Goliath birdeater spider also has poor eyesight despite having eight eyes. For hunting, they sense vibrations on the ground with the help of hair on their abdomen and legs. They prefer night time for hunting. When they feel some vibrations on the ground they simply pounce on the prey and use their venom to kill the prey.

Goliath birdeater undergo molting to produce new skin and shed old skin like snakes past maturity. The amazing thing is that they use this molting process to regenerate lost limbs. Whenever Goliath loses a limb, the fluid pressure in their body is increased and pop off part of its carapace. Then it pumps the fluid from its body to the limb to force off the old skin and create a new skin in the shape of the lost limb. This process of regeneration of the limb goes on for several hours.

Goliath bird-eating spiders rub their legs together to make a hissing sound like a rattlesnake when they feel threatened. The hissing sound they make is called as stridulation and it can be heard up to 15 feet away. They make this sound to scare potential threats.

Goliath birdeater do not live in a group or colony. Male and female spiders come together only for the mating purpose.

The Goliath Birdeater: Largest Spider In The World

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown is a journalist at his own start-up, born and residing in Seattle, Washington. He has a knack of reading up newspaper articles and coming up with summaries and points of view, hence taking up a profession similar to his interest. Simply covering events and activities is something he can do as good as a professional, but he seems to enjoy writing on events that needs view points and suggestions.

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