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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kirk - 2012-11-04
i have a goliath and she only sits in her water dish she will not eat or move from her water dish. I there something wrong with her?

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
aaron vavricka - 2012-09-02
Does anyone know where I can get spiderlings?

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  • kirk - 2012-11-04
    you can get slings from pet center usa the owners name is paul he is vary good at what he does. the web site is pet ceneter usa
Haylee - 2012-03-26
Hey I need help !
I've had my Goliath bird eating slide for nearly a month now. At first I would see her out at night but now she has dug a burrow I never see her she has closed it off as well what does this mean? Is she hybernating ? Will she be ok ?

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  • PF - 2012-04-05
    Don't worry, she's fine, in nature their burrow can be very deep. I never see mine, she's always hidden and if I want to see her, I have to lift the hide and gently push her out. When I do that she flicks her hairs like crazy saying to me, you are bothering me, quit it, lol!
  • Andrew - 2012-08-28
    i was wandering if you could help me i have just baught a baby salmon pink birdeating spider and since I put it in the tank it hid inside its cave and has blocked the entrance with its ground. I never see it coming out. I have being feeding it and it is eating well but I can't tell if there is anything wrong with him if you could please reply
PF - 2012-02-06
Hello, I just bought (Saturday) my first female Theraphosa blondi and I'm really enjoying her. I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her. She's sweet in nature, I even gently tested her with prongs at the pet store and she showed no agression. Naturally she's skittish so I have to go really, really, really slow in my movements. This morning I gently pet her legs without a fuss. Maybe (and I expect) her to change in time, maybe when she becomes sexually mature her temper will be more agressive. Now she measure about 6 inches in leg span, maybe more. I haven't found a name for her yet but I will find soon.
I just felt like sharing with you my new T. blondi.
Have a nice day!

anthony hood - 2011-06-12
Beware young juveniles, ie, second and third moult spiders cute and leggy can be fang happy too!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    I think all things go through that stage, puppy teeth, kitty teeth, bird beaks Glad to know about the spiders. Thank you.
  • PF - 2011-10-12
    Loll, that's funny, never thought of them as fang happy, maybe we should give our slings chewing toys! Or maybe our fingers are just right.
  • Anonymous - 2011-12-19
    With that comment I hope you don't get your chewed off.
  • PF - 2011-12-23
    Lol, so far so good, no fingers lost!

    Happy holidays!
James Carr - 2011-06-19
Hello. I had my blondi for about 2 months and she is just over a year old, during its first moult it lost a leg. A week later I gave her a large locust, she did not eat it that day; I went to see her in the morning to see if she had eaten it. But when I looked in she was dead! The locust was dead too. Though I don't think the locust would have killed her. HER FANGS WERE BURIED INSIDE HER OWN BODY! It obviously looks like she killed herself! Would this be the case? I was so upset about it. I have heard they can rip off their own limbs? Maybe she was stressed about the locust just being in the tank?
Please help!

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  • Brandon M - 2011-07-09
    I don't have a Goliath but I do have a Rose hair. And I've had mine for bout 5 months. When my rose hair molted, he lost a leg. If the leg doesn't come out right or is injured, they will break them off to avoid further damage. The insect could have very well have bit the spider though. A large cricket can bite a spiders leg and they'll have to break it off. Now my spider was found in his water bowl about a week ago and is now just twitching. He wont move at all so I want to go ahead and suggest, make sure your water bowl isn't bigger than the spider.
    I hope this helps you with your next spider. Just remember, they are dangerous but they can still be hurt. So do what I do and only feed when he/she is hungry. And make sure that the insect or whatever you feed it isn't much bigger than the spider.
  • Brandon M - 2011-07-09
    Also, it won't kill itself with its fangs. They always have them tucked like that to protect them.
  • tom - 2011-09-20
    You have a spackterded spider there or you DID have a spackterded spider my adivice?: put it on your teachers head or in the fridge!!
  • emyr thomas - 2011-10-07
    Hi. you're goliath lost a limb during moulting because the enviroment in which you kept it was too dry !!! and you shouldnt have fed it for at least 2 weeks after it moulted !!! The tank it lived in should be damp and humid , about 90%. It wouldn't have lost a limb if this was the case , and when its moulted its new fangs are very fragile, they need at least 2 weeks to harden up before you feed it again !!! You obviously should read up about caring for youre spider to avoid this happening again !!! Look on the internet for care sheets on youre chosen spider !!! we all make mistakes , hopefully you wont again, poor spider !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • PF - 2011-10-12
    Hello. Could it be possible that something is toxic (insecticides or pesticides) in your enclosure? It's a little odd that both have died about the same time, unless the locust had puncture wounds. If not, I would evaluate the possibility of toxins, either in the substrate or other material used. Since the Goliath is bigger than the locust, the toxins might have taken 2 months to take effect and only one night for the locust since it's smaller. If you still have the cage in tact, put in a few crickets and leave them there, see if they die within a few hours to a day or two. If so, before putting another T in disenfect the cage and change every thing. Sometimes new equipement can be full of industrial residues (dust, toxins, etc.) that we ignore about, it's a good thing to clean everything before installing your T.

    It happens that spiders loose a leg, but it rejuvenates at the next molt. If the loss was really bad, I suppose that it would have died a lot sooner.

    Good luck in you enquirery!
lesia sammis - 2011-10-11
i just got a Goliath Bird eating Tarantula. I have had it now for almost 2 weeks. It has already ate 2 pinkies, 1 a little older and a fuzzy. It has no problem eating. I still have lots to learn. getting a bigger tank ready for it. I really hope it's a girl but they don't reach maturity for 3 years. A female can live up to 20 years and a male 4 to 5 years.

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  • PF - 2011-10-11
    Hello, I suggest that you don't give mammals to your T. I learned from a breeder/biologist that mammals and birds are extremely hard to digest because Ts don't have the enzymes to break down the fur (feathers), bones or cartilage. Also, they are too rich (too high in calcium) which can cause molting problems. In the wild they don't eat mammals or birds or if they do, it's an extreme rare occasion. You are better off giving them insects. Your insects should be well gutted with good food that has vitamines, minerals, etc. so when your spider eats, it gets all the nutrients needed.
Teitan Kussman - 2011-06-25
I bought a goliath and all it has done is sat in its water dish for 2 weeks. I bought a mister for her for humidity and now her rear end has shriveled up and she is curled up packing the soil I have in there for her under her body is she getting ready to molt?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    Not positive but sounds like she is getting ready to molt.
James - 2010-10-12
I had my T. Blondi for about a month now. She hasn' eaten, I used 4" of Eco Earth for the bedding, Have a sterilized half log I bought from the pet store, Humidity and temperature is right. She looks as if about to die, legs are curled up underneath the body but is still alive. What should I do?

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  • Donkes - 2010-12-19
    Did you ever put a shallow water dish?
  • Barbara - 2011-04-02
    Have you called or attempted to take her to a spider specialist or someone that can help you with her?
  • Mr. Emile/Carter/jun - 2011-05-02
    She might be molting or sleeping. I have 21 t.blondis 10 spiderlings and thats very common.