Togo Starburst Tarantula

Heteroscodra maculata

The Togo starburst tarantula is arboreal, living high up in the trees. It spins a long hollow silk tube in which to shelter. From its hiding place in the crook of a tree, the tarantula ambushes an insect and injects it with venom. The venom paralyzes the insect and breaks down its body tissue into liquid that the tarantula sucks up.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
ecological roleEcological Role: Predator
habitatHabitat: Tropical rainforest
dietDiet: Insects and small vertebrates