- Sep 1, 2002
I was on holidays for a long time and I just got back. While I was gone I saw a show on the Canadian Discovery Channel called Insect Eaters. One of the episodes was about a man in Thailand who was in search of tribal people who eat giant spiders. In the end he found an old lady who still eats tarantulas and so they went out and caught a spider that was definitely some sort of Haplopelma. The lady picked it up with her hands once it was dug out of its burrow and obviously agitated. She knew how to grab it and hold it so that it doesnt bite her. She immediately pulled its fangs off and let it walk up her arm and it left a blood trail behind. As it slowly died she pulled each of its legs off individually and wrapped them in leaves and ate them and shared some with the researcher. She then pulled the cephalothorax off and threw it away. SHe squeezed the innards of the abdomen onto a bowl of rice and used it as flavoring. I was sad to see that tarantula suffering but it was interesting.