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World’s Biggest Spider – World’s largest Spider – The Goliath Bird Eating Spider

Updated on March 27, 2011

Ugly Creatures

In the Amazon rain forest regions of South America, there are more curious creatures than any other region in the World. It‘s in Amazon rain forest that you will find the world’s largest spider. The world’s biggest spider is the Goliath Tarantula spider also called Goliath Bird-Eating spider because it’s large enough to feed on birds. The goliath bird-eating spider can measure up to 30 cm (12 inches) leg span and can weigh approximately 150 grams (5 ounces). The Goliath bird eating spider will feed on birds, crickets, beetles, insects and insect larvae, rodents, reptiles or any animal smaller than itself.

The Goliath Tarantula

The Goliath Tarantula usually lives in burrows found in marshy and swampy Amazon rainforest of South America. A female Goliath Tarantula has a long life span of 25 years whilst the males will die after maturity with a life span of about six years. A female can lay about 400 eggs and one male is sufficient to fertilize all the 400 eggs in one shot – so nature has to keep a balance and it’s therefore not necessary to have a long life span for males.  Most of the Goliath spiders are of color ranging from dark to light brown with faint markings on the legs.


Goliath Bird Eating Spider- the world's biggest spider will rub its abdomen with hind legs emitting fine hairs that are irritating to your nose, eyes, throat, lungs and skin. Image Credit: Wikipedia
Goliath Bird Eating Spider- the world's biggest spider will rub its abdomen with hind legs emitting fine hairs that are irritating to your nose, eyes, throat, lungs and skin. Image Credit: Wikipedia

Fangs Big Enough to Break Your Skin

Nature also has it that the female should not have tibial spurs so that during mating the female does not feed on the male. The Goliath Tarantulas has fangs big enough to break your skin, and they actually will. Fortunately, the venom in their fangs is not very poisonous to humans. The skin may get swollen for a few hours but will heal without getting medical attention just like a sting from a wasp. If you disturb the spider, it certainly will get irritated and in self defense, it will rub its abdomen with hind legs emitting fine hairs that are irritating to your nose, eyes, throat, lungs and skin.

Camel Spider

Like the camel spider, the Goliath spider will rubs the bristles on its legs together producing a hissing sound that indicates it’s not happy with you and it’s charging for a fight with you.

Goliath Spider as a Pet?

We humans have instincts that alert you when your body doesn’t like something. When you see the Goliath spider, your instincts will instantly instill a sense of fear and loathing on the Goliath bird eating spider, and that you should keep off. But then there are those of us who like pets including pets of ugly creatures. If you are in this category that like pets and would like a Goliath bird-eating spider as a pet, then I would recommend you forget about it. The mere fact that the Goliath spider is capable of producing fine fur that is irritating to the sensitive human organs of lungs and eyes should be a warning that your life will be in danger if you and Goliath spider are to co-exist together.


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      rachel 6 years ago

      wow first time for every thing that's scary look around i could b anywere

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      joey 6 years ago

      wow yuck no i am scared to walk

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      ryanbevan 6 years ago

      beast i want 1

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      HomerMCho 6 years ago

      Scary thing.

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      ChristineVianello 7 years ago from Philadelphia

      HUGE! Scary, ha how would you like to have that spider as a pet? You could walk it with a leash.

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      angel rhussel 7 years ago

      its so big

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      Danny Lee Graham 7 years ago from Zephyr ,Texas , near Brownwood ,Texas

      Most interesting and enlightning , I liked it very much , facenating creature.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      This hub is awesome! I voted it up and linked it to my new hub on spiders. Great job!

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      Tricia Mason 8 years ago from The English Midlands

      Very interesting ~ even if I do find spiders disturbing :)

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      AmandaB 8 years ago from Middletown

      Wow! I would definitely be scared if I came across one of these big boys/girls. Nice Hub!!

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      chlochlo44ify 8 years ago

      i am so scared of spiders!!!!

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      AARON99 8 years ago

      Simply a great hub. Keep it up.

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      jaylen 8 years ago

      this is awsom

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      gary 8 years ago

      u do get the japanese spider crab which is up to 12 foot leg span and has been recorded in jungles, although technically a crab, makes that little jungle turantula look like an ant :P

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      dylan 8 years ago

      lol quite big yno

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      Sandi 3m 8 years ago

      Yikes! Great Hub!

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      rockerren 8 years ago

      I always thought the world's biggest spider was...Spiderman? I learned something new, nice hub!

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      I have a fear of spiders, and was hesitant to come here, but you only had one picture so I made it through your Hub. Nice Hub. Yuk! Spiders!

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      lyricsingray 8 years ago

      Ewww LOL Great Hub, Kimberly