If you want to build up your extreme exotic pet collector reputation, go for the world’s largest spider as pet: the Goliath bird-eating spider. The spider belongs to the tarantula species, and like most tarantula, the Goliath bird-eating spider is not poisonous to humans*. With enough background knowledge and firsthand experience, you can quickly buil that coveted exotic pet collector reputation you’ve been working for by raising the world’s largest spider.
Does a Goliath Bird-eating Spider Make a Good Pet
If your type of pet is a large, hairy, 8-legged spider with reputation of eating small birds, mammals, and reptiles, then nothing could be more perfect than owning a Goliath bird-eating spider. Only an extreme exotic pet collector can last long with at times capricious and aloof pet spider. All a Goliath bird-eating spider do during the day is to sit in its burrow, only coming out briefly at night to hunt. So if you have one as pet, you can be called a true-blue exotic pet collector.
Gain Firsthand Experience
The Goliath bird-eating spider is not recommended for people gutsy enough to try raising the world’s largest spider without firsthand experience of raising this big of a spider. If you’re inclined to owning this tarantula species for the first time, gain some experience by apprenticing in some local exotic pet store or observing a Goliath bird-eating spider owner even just for a day. The knowledge you’ll gain from the experience shall come in handy when handling your own pet spider.
How Does the Giant Spider Look Like
It’s very easy to identify a Goliath bird-eating spider. The spider has large abdomen, long and thick legs, broad carapace, and it’s covered with hairs. Its leg span can reach 10 inches – some reached 12 inches. A female Goliath bird-eating spider has larger abdomen than the males, which appear slender with longer legs than females.
Handling Goliath Bird-eating Spider
The world’s largest spider lives up to most people’s expectation by having a pretty blown up ego too. The spider species doesn’t like being held often; it could turn up to be defensive and aggressive. That’s why a Goliath bird-eating spider should never be handled by children! It’s best to leave your pet spider alone in its tank. But should you need to move your pet spider to clean its tank for example, you can do so by using a paint brush and a small plastic deli cup.
Gently coax the spider out of its hiding place with the paint brush to transfer into the deli cup. Should your pet spider gets cranky and starts rubbing its legs on its abdomen to release urticating hairs, immediately move away and delay the transfer later when its mood is right.
Housing Goliath Bird-eating Spider
Because of its size, a Goliath bird-eating spider should be housed in a 20 to 30 gallon terrarium with a locked mesh screen on top. Your pet spider also needs a hiding place in its terrarium: a large inverted clay pot with opening or a hollow log for example. Use a 4 to 6 inches eco earth as substrate, which you should dampen regularly by spraying un-chlorinated water. Your pet spider should also have a shallow water dish with a sponge in it to which your pet spider can suck the water. And lastly, make the temperature a cool 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit for your pet’s comfort.
Feeding Goliath Bird-eating Spider
Although it’s entertaining – albeit grisly – to watch your pet spider devour a tiny rodent, don’t make rats your pet’s daily platter. It needs variety to inject the needed vitamins and minerals found only in some pet spider feed such as grass hoppers, large crickets, or meal worms.
Where to Get the World’s Largest Spider
The quickest way to get your first Goliath bird-eating spider is to call your fellow exotic pet collector if they have one available. It’s really not easy to breed the world’s largest spider in captivity, so they’re most likely not readily available from your local exotic pet store. Another thing you can do is to head down south to countries like Argentina and Brazil to get your pair there. Just make sure you have the necessary permits to bring home an exotic pet from down south.
* People allergic to insect bites or bee venom are still advised not to handle any types of tarantula.