Goliath Spiderlings

Goliath Bird Eating Spiders are the largest Tarantula species in the world. As you can imagine we were very excited when our large female Henrietta produced an egg sack!

It was the start of November when we first noticed that Northampton Reptile Centre was again going to be proud parents to more of our animals. From the beginning Henrietta was an extremely protective mother, anybody brave enough to venture near her enclosure was swiftly met with impressive aggression.

At the start of January we were worried that the egg sack hadn’t ‘hatched’ yet and knew that we needed to see if there was a problem. Taking an egg sack from a 10″ Tarantula is not for the faint hearted! Bribing Henrietta with a small pinky seemed to distract her as a long (very long!) pair of tweezers carefully removed the egg sack.

The problem was clear, Henrietta had produced too much silk around her eggs and as the spiderlings hatched they were not strong enough to escape from the egg sack. We teased the silk open not knowing if any of the spiderlings had survived and was delighted to find 52 healthy babies!

So far the baby Goliaths have shed 4 times and are growing rapidly. Many of our excited customers gave the new arrivals a good home leaving us with 12 to grow on. We can’t believe that such a formidable mother produced such cute offspring, they are a pleasure to have in the shop.

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5 Responses to Goliath Spiderlings

  1. rick April 14, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    we have one of your goliaths and hes great, only question i have is how often do i feed it

    • Gary April 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

      Hi Rick
      Excellent! We feed ours 2-3 crickets a week. Don’t forget to spray him regularly to prevent him from dehydrating

  2. claire May 16, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    These look amazing but my fear of spiders is not good, i would love to say i would hold one but dont think i can do it. One day maybe.

  3. Adrian May 21, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    Hi, I too have one of the spiderlings, as does my dad, they are growing rapidly and eating hungrily.

  4. janie July 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    My son has a Curly Haired spiderling, I am also an arachnophobe but though this a good way to counteract my fear by seeing it grow up. It is fascinating.

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