The Goliath birdeaterónot for the faint of heart

The Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi) is listed in The Guiness Book of World Records as being the largest species of spider in the world, with a legspan of up to 13 inches.  This is under dispute though, as there are some close contenders.  Moreover, the study of tarantulas is still a fairly new discipline and there are some species that still merit further study.

This is a fairly aggressive species, though not as bad as some Asian and African tarantulas.  From what I've heard, its venom is not particularly toxic; however, because of its size, it can inject a prodiguous amount of venom.  Moreover, its fangs can be over an inch long, and so the mechanical damage from its fangs can be very extensive indeed.


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