Goliath Tarantula

Theraposa blondi

Only a goliath tarantula, big as a dinner plate, is large enough to prey on young birds and other small animals. The spider sneaks up and pounces on its prey, using one-inch long fangs to deliver a venomous bite. The bite is not deadly to humans yet may cause pain, nausea, and sweating.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lifespanLifespan: 15 to 20 yrs
ecological roleEcological Role: Predator
habitatHabitat: Rainforest
dietDiet: Birds, bats, lizards, frogs, and other small animals