Animal Stories - Goliath Bird-eating Spider


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What's big, fast, hairy and has an attitude? The Goliath Bird-eating Spider!
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Duffy - 2008-09-13
I've been keeping spiders for about 13 years now, and I've had my goliath for just over a year. She about 3 years old with a leg span of about 8 inches, so another few years and she would have reached full sized. I strongly agree with gary, beginners should not start with a goliath. As impressive as they may be they can be a handful, as they are very sensitive to cage conditions, ie humidity and temperature, and they one of the most active spiders I've come across.
Although they can be agressive they're not the most agressive I've kept. If I open my goliath's cage she usually crawls into the corner and I'm able to move around the tank freely. The most agreesive I've come across is the thailand black, it's short haired and short tempered! I've almost been bitten quite a few times while trying to sort out a thailands tank. They will bite anything, leaves, pens containers, even had it killing locust just because they were in it's way, not to feed!

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  • owenkitto - 2011-01-18
    Re my bird eating spider

    I have my day time temp at 82F

    and my night time temp at 70F.

    Is this right? I have a wooden viv 2 foot by 2 foot
    with a 50W infrared bulb by Exo Terra.

    And I keep it relatively humid not excessive she just huddles in the corner of the tank and sleeps in the day am I doing things right?
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Chuck - 2014-06-17
Hi guys, I picked my Goliath ( morticia) up from the pet store two days ago. She's very active at night, but she's just been sitting in her half full water dish all morning today. She's about a year old, can anyone explain? Thanks in advance.

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  • steve - 2014-08-12
    she is very thirsty, goliath birdeaters like to be kept a 80 degrees f, and 6 80% humidity. Good luck
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marcel - 2014-03-27
I am trying to get a Goliath bird eater for my first tarantula. Would this be a good idea? I always thought it was pretty cool that a spider could get this big and I really would like to have one. The idea of a giant spider sitting on my shoulder while playing 360 sounds good. Please if anyone has any advice please comment.

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  • pete - 2014-06-19
    Hey man that's not really a good idea, they are very unpredictable and it could release hairs in our face and that would really suck. If anything you should get a rose hair tarantula they are about 5'' and extremely calm ... pete
  • Beastie girl - 2014-07-11
    Dude u don't want a goliath my friend once had one, it bit him
  • Lily - 2014-07-11
    Don't dude mine got in the habit of biting
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Lily - 2014-07-11
I have a female tarantula name fluff and she has lately been biting me and my friends how can I stop this she has a 20 gallon tank and she gets fed well I don't want to return her I love her a lot but she has to stop biting

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Barb - 2012-09-28
My boyfriend has a female Goliath Bird Eating spider who is now pushing her body against the top of the cage and I think she's trying to escape. I'm very afraid of her and I am terrified she will get out. The cage is making cracking noises and I'm over it. Where can we take her to get rid of her? Thanks! Barb

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  • Tim - 2012-10-05
    Don't just get rid of her, sounds like it's time to buy a new cage.
  • Laura Foster - 2012-10-26
    Defnitely buy a stronger tank. If she can reach the lid, its probably not deep enough. Does she has room to burrow? There are lots of arachnid and reptile rescuers who will take her off your hands for free. If you are scared of spiders they probably aren't the best pet for you.
  • kirk - 2012-11-04
    If you really want to get rid of her and dont want to get a better cage i would be more then happy to help you my email is albakirk@hotmail.com
  • Dan - 2014-06-05
    The best thing to do is release the spider to a local children's playground.
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Steven - 2014-04-20
Hey guys my bird eating tarantula is a male name Jimmy. He just got out of a Molt 2 days ago. But now I just came home to see him curled up in a sitting position. I poked him to see if he would move like always but this time he stayed still. His eyes look open and I can see his back leg moving a little. I hope he is not dying, I do not know what it could be if he just got out of a molt. Maybe stress? Or something. He has fresh water but the problem is he is curled in not moving.

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Kat Von - 2009-06-22
I have had my T. blondi for a few months now and she is so sweet. I don't hold her unless I have to move her to clean her cage because she is nervous and kicks hairs and I don't want to stress her out. But she never bites or tries to bite. She stays hidden most of the time and if I lift her hide, she runs out just long enough to be seen and then goes back under to hide again. She is a voracious eater--she had her 3rd pinky last week! I have 10 other tarantulas as well. I have 3 rose hairs, the goliath, a greenbottle blue, Indian Ornamental, Gooty Ornamental, Togo starburst, Antilles pink toe, curly hair, and Brazilian salmon bird eater. They are a great hobby and interesting to watch and care for.

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  • bob - 2010-03-18
    Cool!
  • ashley - 2010-05-12
    That's very awesome.
  • Anonymous - 2010-08-27
    Are you Kat Von D.?
  • Will W. - 2014-04-17
    Sounds like you have an awesome collection. Where and how did you get a Gooty?!?
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Kourtney - 2013-02-28
I just got a Goliath bird eater. Ate the pet store she was beautiful and they said she was eating well that she needed to eat again in like two days. Well I offered her a little mode but she never took it. Then I found her completely submerged in her water dish and it was full of water. When she got out her legs aren't really working. Two look like they are stuck to her butt and its getting smaller. The people at the pet store said she might try to molt. I have other tarantula and none of them sat in their water bowls. It just freaking me out. I don't know if she's OK or not. Someone please help me.

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  • Jesse_hutch - 2013-10-31
    Your Birdeater may be having difficulty in shedding, particularly if the temperatures in the enclosure are not correct or if she has been out under recent stress after she has begun this process. Extreme changes in tempreature can deangerously increase stress levels so I would advise handling or irritating her, this process is a natural one and unfortunately there's not much you can do, my advice is to make sure the tempreature is correct and she has sufficient depth in her burrow, once done I would leave her to it, to minimise stress.
  • Mack Hodge - 2014-03-02
    I thought it strange my goliath did the same thing, staying in the water dish with water in it but it was trying to molt, it went through a perfect molt yesterday...
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Tait - 2013-10-05
My goliath has been in its den for a while now and hasn't been eating and not sure if it's been moving a lot at all. Just wondering what the problem is or even if there is a problem?

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gabe - 2011-01-15
I'v had my goliath for about a week couldn't wait to get her never had a" t "with that kind of appetite.

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  • Betty - 2011-02-15
    How can I get one?
    I want one for a pet
    How much do they cost?
    Can they be shipped?
  • steve. - 2013-08-20
    Hi there. Where did you buy it? I've always wanted one. I live in nsw.
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