The Goliath birdeater is referred to in some quarters as the king of spiders because of its very distinctive feature; the size.
Coming in at six ounces and with a leg span of nearly a foot, this spider is currently the largest arachnid on the planet.
This spider of the tarantula family usually has brown coloring that may be light or dark depending on its habitat.
The Goliath birdeater got its name from a researcher who spotted one of these huge spiders eating…you guessed it, a bird. A humming bird.
There are a lot interesting and often scary facts about this spider. If you’re not scared of spiders, then let’s go check them out.
- They are nearly blind despite having eight eyes
The Goliath birdeater has very poor eyesight that it is almost nearly blind. They live in burrows during the day and come out at night to hunt. Because they can’t see, these spiders mostly detect their prey through vibrations in the ground. They then pounce on their prey and inject venom through their fangs.