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Care Sheet

The Goliath Tarantula (Theraphosa blondi)

This is considered to be the largest spider in the world!

Specimens that have 12 inch legspan have been recorded and several specimens are in the Guiness Book Of Records.

Dr. Bustard recently tried to enter the record books with a T. blondi that was, he claimed the heaviest in the world.

(see here for details and a picture!)

This spider is powerful enough to feed on frogs, toads, lizards, mice and snakes. In the Survival film "Tarantula!" that Rick West was the advisor on, there was even a scene with a T. Blondi eating a Fer-de-Lance snake, that is considered to be lethal to the natives.

The local natives of the rain forests where these live, worship and occasionally eat these spiders.

Like the Selenocosmia crassipes (Whistling/Barking spider from Australia) these giants can also make sounds!

This is a deep burrowing species that flicks clouds of urticating hairs at any perceived threat.

The requirements in captivity are:

As for keeping them as pets, many people keep these giants in large 24x12x12 (inches) tanks.

Like the other rainforest species they require high humidity levels (above 80%) but you must be careful to avoid the air in the tank becoming stagnant as this appears to be the cause of some deaths in captivity.

As these are deep burrowers, the ideal substrate is peat or peat/vermiculite mix, this must be at least 4 inches deep.

An open water dish is a must, as is regular mistings to keep that humidity level high!

Food: All standard invertabrates, pinkie mice (pre-killed, NOT live!)

Geographic Range: Venezuela, northern Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname.

Aggressiveness: Generally considered aggressive.

Temperature range - 75-80 farenheit.

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