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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key - 2008-12-06
I recently bought a goliath bird eating spider and was told by a friend that it would be ok as a first hobby pet. This friend also said that this spider would be ok to handle, bearing in mind this is my first spider. I have been totally misadvised by him. Any advice from experienced keepers would be grateful as I dont think I can trust the advice I've had so far. thanks

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  • Tom - 2010-08-31
    The usual recommendation for a first spider would be the Chilean Rose (Grammostola Rosea). They are placid, in fact most of them are so calm that they are outright boring. I would consider getting a pet rock instead :)

    My first spiders were two Avicularia Versicolor babies, cute fluffy blue ones. They can be a little skittish (meaning they run around a lot when spooked), but I have never been bitten by one. Avicularia are arboreal (tree-dwelling), so as they grow, you should have a tank that sits upright so as to allow for climbing space. They spin a lot of web, too. Avicularia need high humidity (you can find the care sheets on the web). Good luck!
  • hunter - 2010-09-20
    Well since they are so big they will try to over power you or threaten you. It would be better if you got a smaller more docile one like a mexican red leg or a rose hair. And don't get a cobalt they're very aggressive even though they look the best.
  • Yikes - 2011-03-02
    It's kinda funny if somebody already has a spider and asks for help how other people suggest what other spider to get. Now I suppose since it's already a while ago since you wrote you got the hang of your pet but for others and future reference if you plan to get a spider don't ask just anyone but a person that already experienced several species/the seller/people in pet stores also researching online is always helpful. If you already got the spider well either you try to transfer it to another keeper and a good home or if you plan to keep it anyway you will need a lot of patience (as with any pet) you'll have to study its behavior carefully. Don't stress the animal or yourself and in doubt avoid to touch the spider they don't really need to be handled and can do quite well by themselves :)
  • Ivgotagoatcalledclover - 2011-03-14
    I like the way you are so interested in finding information on your wee spider. Now, I have loads of reptiles at my home and I work with them all the time so I think you should study up on the internet and read some books about them! Goliath spiders are nice as long as you squeeze and cuddle them when they are sad! :) Nice talking to you.
T - 2009-10-26
I have had my t.blondi, Dave, for a few months now. She's got a legspan of about 3 inches. she's always so scared of me, and always hides from me. I keep the tank incredibly humid and the temperature is usually between 18 and 30, depending on the heat of the day, is it dangerous that it gets that low? I keep her food in the tank with her also, as I thought this is how it would be in the wild. But I've read "over feeding" them is bad. I don't understand why since she only eats when she's hungry, and isn't that how it would be in the wild? tho there's been a huge cockroach in there for about 2 weeks now, and a small one too at the same time. She doesn't eat em, :s. I was told i should gently rub her back legs when she's pissed off to calm her down, tho she just has no reaction to it. Tho when I use a stick to do it, cus I think she's gonna try to bite me again, she usually moves or goes into attack pose.
does anyone know how often she is supposed to molt?? its been a month since she molted a month after i got her. also how bad is it that i use a torch to see her in her burrow? she has no reaction to it but i read somewhere that they dont like bright lights.
i think im doing things wrong but i just want to look after her.. >.<
my first tarantula, tho i kept a huntsman before her.
any advice is welcome.

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  • tim - 2010-08-19
    Hey I have the same breed of spider as you don't panic too much about her always being upset I open my tank and mine tries to attack me lol the t.blondi is one of the most aggressive breeds with your food don't put too many crickets in at a time or they will gang up and attack her if she doesn't eat the food you provide for her after a while take it out and try again later.
  • catpoopkillz - 2010-10-05
    Ok I'm no spider genius but I'm pretty sure that spider would not like a torch in its face and as I remember the goliath spider like swampy and marsh like areas, and those areas are usually murky and the lighting is usually dim so I don't think they take too kindly to bright light.
keels - 2010-08-13
I just bought a bird eating spider today for a pet shop and I live in australia in n.s.w but I don't know what kind, it is I was just wondering if anyone could help me figure it out? They said it was a rainforest spider but I'm still not sure and also I have my light on but it keeps going over the set temp so I have to turn it off to keep her from over heating. By doing this can I stress her out more because of the temp changes from hot to mild? I have it set at 28 c because that's what they told me to put it as but it keeps going to 29c so I turn it off then it drops to 23c is that bad?

natasha harper - 2010-07-10
I would love advice as a mate of mine has just bought one of these spider's a about a week or 2 ago and he got bit by it bout 2-3 days ago and he ain't been feeling well since as he can't keep anything down even fluids, is the other name for this spider called brass red legged bird eating spider? Would you also advise him 2 go 2 a&e or just go 2 hospital?

Adrian - 2009-03-23
Hi, loved your site found it really helpful. I have a goliath blondi, it's a female and she's a great spider. She's about two years old and has a leg span of about 2-3 inches, not too sure.
Was just wondering how long she would take to reach full size. Would be greatful if you could get back to me, thanks.

Tiffany - 2008-10-27
I have a rose hair too, his name is Huey. I've had him for about a year and just recently he scared me because he was turned over on his back and i thought he was dead. But no, all he did was shed his skin. I mean I know spiders shed, but I didn't know what it was going to look like, lol. Huey likes to think he's a dog. I got him a little ping pong ball that he pushes around on the floor. I don't like to keep him in his cage so I like him craw around. Anyways, I love Huey, wouldn't trade him for nuttin.

kuwan - 2008-10-21
Hey, my name is kuwan and I've had my rose haired tarantula for about two years.

Yvonne Woolley - 2008-10-07
Hello, I have started keeping T's now for a couple of years. I am lucky enough to have 2 large Blondi girls, one about 6-7 inches and the other around 11 inches. The lady is called Seven and she has just produced an egg sac as big as a tennis ball, and now we wait! I have 26 other T's and a small Flat Rock Scorpion. Now as we are retired I have lots of time to look after them. Happy Spider Keeping to all of you!

mckinnley - 2008-09-22
I love what you wrote on the bird-eating spider.
It inspired me to learn more about the bird-eating spider.

Amanda - 2008-02-14
I have had my T. blondi for about 4 months now. I have apparently found a very docile one. I have never had a problem with him trying to bite me. I assume he is male due to his lanky legs. He does shoot urticating hairs pretty often but I have not been struck thus far. He just recently molted but did not flip on his back. I'm about 1 year into the tarantula hobby (at least on owning them). I also own a rose hair, I believe she is female, but it is extremely hard to sex a tarantula from what I have researched. At the moment my Goliath is black and very beautiful. This pet is much better than any (normal) other pet I could own. I am much more appreciative of these pets. I also have held him on many occasions with no problems, but like I said mine is very docile. It does get moody but I leave it alone when it begins to hiss. If anyone would like to talk to me about my experiences or theirs, my myspace name is shinigami-chan.