Goliath Bird Eating Spider

The Bird Eating Spider

This huge spider is found in the rainforest and will eat whatever is small enough to attack. They are called the bird eating spider, but usually don’t eat birds. They do love to eat these foods:

  • Lizards
  • Cockroaches
  • Mice
  • Frogs
  • Toads

These spiders are the second largest in the world! The only larger spiders are the giant huntsman spider which are huge! You don’t want to meet one of these spiders in a dark alley! They will usually only come out at night, so you won’t ever see one unless you are sneaking around the rainforest after dark.

The Goliath spider lives in a deep hole or burrow where it usually waits for darkness before coming out to find food. It has special fur on its back to deter predators. This spider rubs its legs to unleash a bunch of stinging hairs from it’s backside that sting the nose and eyes of anything that tries to eat it.

 

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Photo by: Snakecollector