- Jan 29, 2003
Sorry, I had to bring it up again.. It said that a Antilles pinktoe was a something birdeater..... Now I dont think that they get that big..... Am I wrong or is that its common name?
Originally posted by Lycanthrope
if im not mistaken, which i often am, i remember reading about a swiss woman having a drawing of a tarantula eating a hummingbird in her book, back in the 1700's. the tarantula is believed to be an Avicularia.
Originally posted by Big Dragonfly
Yeah, I think a long time ago, all tarantulas were refered to as bird eating spiders. Now I don't think that most are capable of capturing birds, however, tarantulas are opportunistic eaters, and will gladly eat something that is already dead or wounded. So when people who don't have a good understanding of tarantula behavior, see a spider that is chowing down on tweety, they become known as bird eating spiders. Plus, just like the story of the fish that got away, the tale of the tarantula grows and grows and grows -- to the point of mass public paranoia and arachnophobia.