Goliath bird-eating spider on a log

Goliath bird-eating spider

Goliath bird-eating spiders are tarantulas of epic proportions. Biggest by mass and coming very close to the giant huntsman for the title of largest spider in the world. As their name suggests, Goliath bird-eaters are certainly big enough to eat a bird, although they rarely do, preferring smaller insects and invertebrates. Interestingly, it was a Victorian explorer who first reported these giant spiders and witnessed one eating a hummingbird. Like most tarantulas, Goliath bird-eaters are fairly harmless to humans. They only attack when threatened and their bite is no worse than the sting of a wasp. They live in deep burrows in the rainforests of northern South America.

Scientific name: Theraphosa blondi

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Giant bird-eater spider,
  • Giant bird-eating tarantula,
  • Giant tarantula,
  • Goliath Birdeater

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The Goliath bird-eating spider can be found in a number of locations including: Amazon Rainforest, South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


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