Goliath Birdeater

Reaching leg spans of 12 inches, the goliath birdeater is a ferocious predator. These spiders prey on insects, frogs, rodents, and birds. 

Fast Fact

  • Spiders can't ingest solid material, so they first liquefy the prey's insides, then suck it dry.
  • Goliath birdeaters have bad eyesight, and they rely heavily on their leg hairs to sense vibrations.
  • This spider's venom is not lethal to humans. Their bite feels like a wasp's sting. 

Scientific name

Theraphosa blondi
Range  South America
Conservation status Not listed
Diet Carnivore
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