SPECIES Avicularia avicularia
ORIGIN South America
FRAME 18.5x18.5xD5cm Made from recycled products.
DESCRIPTION AKA Pinktoe from the family Theraphosidae. Leg span is approximately 15-16cm. Contrary to popular belief, these are not the most poisonous spiders in the world. In fact, a bite from a Tarantula is generally no worse than that of a sting from a bee. Tarantulas hunt their prey, which includes insects, small rodents and birds, by stalking and hunting them down. Once they insert their fangs into a victim, they release a venom which digests the insides of its prey. Once fully liquefied they then suck the remains out using their fangs in the same manner as a straw. The hairs on the tarantula are also used as a defence, as they easily break off once touched and cause irritation.