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World's biggest Spider?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by MaximusMeridus, May 29, 2009.

  1. Only Exotics

    Only Exotics Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Robs just lucky they don't shoot poop like the irminias;P
  2. Fran

    Fran Arachnoprince

    Clinning her cage :D
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2009
  3. MaximusMeridus

    MaximusMeridus Arachnopeon

    Hey Fran,

    Sorry about the loss, I know it's devastistating when you have invested so much time and the suddenly they go. In your case it doesn't like age at all as she would have slowed down eating over time, you would have known for sure.

    There are two very likely options,

    Poisoning/toxins in the food. Did you ever feed locusts? Insects are good carriers of toxins. That is why it is always good to vary their diet so they don't get too much of the same food just in case too much of the toxin builds up. Nevertheless always good to vary diet anyway to balance nutrition.

    Also might be overeating. I have known tarantulas to die from overeating, it is more common than you think, unlike humans, they don't get fatter and cannot exscrete proportionally, so just keep on swelling up putting huge pressure on heart and organs especially in the bigger spiders. Either the pressure is too much and they pop somewhere, which by the sound of your fluid issue sounds right, or their heart gives in under this pressure.


  4. Fran

    Fran Arachnoprince

    Hey Jacque,

    I have never fed her locust. Actually, I have always put some variety in her diet, from Blaptica Dubia from my own colony, crickets, mice and super worms.

    Normally, I feed my tarantulas and as soon as they dont show much interest for the prey, I let them rest for days. I have been feeding that way since age 12 when I started keeping Theraphosids, and all of them have always looked great,plump,and healthy.

    With her I had to literally wait several days on purpose because I knew anything I threw on the tank it was gonna be eaten :)... But it could be that...

    I did my best on research for this sp, I had pretty much a "piece" of Northern south America in the tank...But still, as you said, this happens.

    Thanks for your response :)
  5. :worship: Love the setup fogger is extra cool. I keep thinking about a T blondie but price tag for large ones right now has me bumbed.
  6. Andy

    Andy Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Thats just.. :eek: like a trex to a raptor
  7. spiderfield

    spiderfield Arachnobaron

    Sorry for your loss with that monster blondi Fran, but glad you finally shared some pics of her.
  8. Fran

    Fran Arachnoprince

    Thanks man,
    I like to show pics to admire the t's, but not meaning anything like
    "mine is the biggest" (which thats stupid IMO ) or anything like that, thats why I dont show her often.

    To me its simply luck. Perhaps I contributed to the size thanks to my personal care and efforts with her, but its obviously a matter of nature and genetics, thats all. :)

    Its pretty obvious that regular sizes for an adult female are touching the 9+/10 ", and its pretty rare to see one at 11, let alone 12.

    I wonder what is out there in the middle of Venezuela, Guyana or North Brazil :D. Hopefully they will let them live in peace.
  9. Tapahtyn

    Tapahtyn Arachnobaron Old Timer

    ummmm, yeah I remember seeing that video. That's a lot of poo!!
  10. Fran

    Fran Arachnoprince

    There youn have another one for the folks from Europe, like me :D
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2009
  11. MaximusMeridus

    MaximusMeridus Arachnopeon

    Awesome specimen!

  12. Fran

    Fran Arachnoprince

    Thanks!!! :)
  13. treeweta

    treeweta Arachnobaron Old Timer

    that thing is 28.5cm or so!

    the largest one that ive seen a measurement of. its significantly bigger than most blondis you see in collections (who seem to be around 9-9.5 inches). robs last moult of zilla looks to be 9.75 inches.

    any idea how old she was when she died?
  14. Fran

    Fran Arachnoprince

    Thanks! :)

    she was wild caught, so I have no info on her age, at the very very least is 2 years, but of course is older than that.
  15. MaximusMeridus

    MaximusMeridus Arachnopeon

    Well, heres the latest from the spider at www.tarantulacam.org

    She grew a lot bigger than I thought, which indicates she has more growing to do.

    Her legs were noticeably much thicker and rivalled that of the previous specimen I had which was a surprise. 11mm first leg femur width. This is by far the chunkiest proportioned blondi I have ever seen.

    We'll see how she pans out, will post more pictures later


    Attached Files:

  16. VESPidA

    VESPidA Arachnoknight

    gorgeous blondi!:D
  17. treeweta

    treeweta Arachnobaron Old Timer

    a nice chunky blondi for sure!!
  18. jbm150

    jbm150 Arachnoprince

    Wow, she's a horse! A beautiful one at that!
  19. MaximusMeridus

    MaximusMeridus Arachnopeon


    And some more..




  20. robc

    robc Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    I agree LOL :D
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