24 March, 2008

Goliath Tarantulas Spider

The Goliath bird-eating tarantula of South America, got its name because it has been known to catch young birds and eat them; although that is very rare. They are huge, are the world's biggest spider - can grow to one foot long and have one inch fans; and many people mistakenly perceive them as very dangerous, but they are harmless and their venom causes only swelling and mild pain like a wasp sting. Some native tribes in South America, catch them for food; they eat them. Its scientific name is: Theraphosa blondi.
More on the Spider: Here, National Geographic, Wikipedia, Big Hairy Spiders, Blue Planet Biomes, Tarantula Guide, Tarntulas Tropica, Picasa, YouTube
Image: bugs.org

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