Goliath Bird Eater- Burgundy

Goliath Bird Eater- Burgundy

Sex: Female

Latin name: Theraphosa stirmi

 Goliath Bird Eaters hide themselves in long tubes that they dig under the surface or use abandoned rodent burrows. It is a crepuscular and nocturnal species and can be quite defensive. When threatened this species will hiss to warn predators, it may also rear up and expose its fangs.. Another self defense mechanism of this spider is to use its back legs to flick uriticating hairs from its abdomen. These hairs are micro barbed and can cause irritation of the skin and when inhaled irritate the nose and throat. As last resort it will strike with its fangs

Native Home: The Goliath Bird Eater is found in northern South America.

Size: The Goliath Bird Eater is the world's largest spider. Its legs can reach up to one foot (30 cm) and it can weight up to 6 oz. (170 grams).

Diet:  The Goliath Bird Eater feeds on any suitable sized invertebrates such as large grasshoppers, cockroaches and crickets.

Reproduction:  After their maturation molt, Goliath Bird Eater males develop a "finger" on the underside of the first set of front legs that is used to hook and lock the female's fangs and to steady themselves while they mate. After mating, males die within a few months. Once mated, the female Goliath Bird Eater makes a web in which she lays 50 to 200 eggs that become fertilized as they pass out of her body. The female then wrap the eggs into a ball, and, unlike other species of tarantula, the female carries the egg sac with her.

Lifespan: Goliath Bird Eaters can be from 10 to 15 years in human care. Females can live up to 20 years, but males only live between 3 and 6 years.