Friday, November 13, 2009

Bug of the week # 3

Goliath Bird-Eating Spider/Tarantula
Theraphosa blondi

EDIT: For the record... BoW meant Bug of the Week,
           but now I realize it could be mistaken for Babe of the Week...
           So from now on it is Babe of Week

"Hey Blondi" sorry had to fall into one of my favorite movies for a second....5 Points to whoever can name that movie.  and IF you are wondering why I even thought of Blondi...check the name of the spider at the top of the post.

The big bad ass bird eating bug..boy, big and burly..but being bitten would bite big balls, being barely bigger than a plate...bothers me. ok I will stop...

First the facts...Goliath bird-eaters are the world's largest species of tarantula. Tarantula is a generic name for hairy spiders. This hairy spider has a leg span of 12 inches (30.5 cm) across, or about the size of a dinner plate or small pizza, and they can weigh 2.5 ounces (70 g).

I saw one of these in a pet store once...they are about cool as hell. Not sure I would own one, but damn cool. We watched it eat a live mouse...sweet. Funny thing is, these do even remotely freak me out the last weeks BoW. Does not mean I want to hold one, but they are very interesting to watch.