The largest spider on earth (photos + video)

Have your ever seen the biggest spider on earth? Now we are going to tell you about it. It is Goliath Birdeater (original Latin name Theraphosa blondi). This spider belongs to Theraphosidae tarantula family. It is really the largest spider on the planet. This amazing spider also has an impressive body mass.

Goliath Birdeater Tarantula is as well often named bird-eating spider. Theraphosids spiders were firstly called “bird-eaters” at the beginning of eighteenth century by some unknown French biologists who watched this spider eating a bird. However, contemporary science states that tins term is incorrect for Tarantula spiders eat not only birds.


The natural environment of these spiders is tropical forest areas of South America, Guyana, northern Brazil, Surinam, and south-west Venezuela. Goliath Birdeater spiders usually live in deep holes of swampy and marshy zones. They are considered to be night-time species.

Female spiders` life span equals up to 25 years. Male spiders usually die rapidly after adulthood and have a lifetime from 1,5 to 7 years. These spiders have different colours: from shady to bright chocolate with pale marks on the legs. Birdeaters are usually covered by hair on their abdomens, bodies, and legs.


Commonly, Goliath Birdeater spiders have leg span up to 12 inches. An adult spider usually weighs more than 175 gram. Birdeaters are one of the rare tarantula spiders that have no spurs, set on the first pair of legs of most grown-up male spiders.

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