Bird Eating Spider 

The Bird Eating Spider is one of the most commonly kept species and one of the largest varieties in Australia. They are also know as the Barking Spider or Whistling Spider and belong to the same family as Tarantulas. They have 8mm long fangs, can reach a length of 55mm, so defiantly a interesting pet but not one to be cuddled. They are covered in velvety hairs and have a cluster of small eyes located on at the front of their head. Males are often slightly smaller than females. 

Housing

A glass Enclosure is best as they can be exceptional climbers, terrariums from 40 -50cm make ideal enclosures. They love to burrow and the substrate used should be at least 10cm thick. Suitable substrates are peat-soil, critter crumble or aspen bedding. Hollow logs, and most reptile ornaments provide sufficient hiding places. Bird eating spiders come from hotter regions in Australia and prefer warm temperatures. An ideal resting temperature is 25C - 30C. Heat pads, heat rocks or heat lights can be used to achieve this temperature. It is important to use thermostats with any heating appliance as it will prevent the tank from over heating. Bird Eating spiders will enjoy a humid environment, but not a wet enclosure. Gentle daily misting will ensure your spider will stay comfortably humid. Using a sponge with fresh water will help maintain humidity, without creating to much condensation. 

Feeding

Bird Eating spiders may have exceptional fangs, but they don't have any teeth. Food must be easily swallowed and the strong digestive juices in their stomach will break their food down. Bird Eating Spiders love to eat crickets, meal worms, silkworms and adults will eat pinky mice. Adults need to be fed 1-2 a week.

Handling

Bird Eating Spiders are unusual animals, secretive, nocturnal, and aggressive. They are completely different from a puppy or bird as a pet, and their care is subsequently a lot different. Do not handle Bird Eating Spiders. In the event of a bite, contact your local hospital.

Breeding

The female lays her eggs and sticks the egg sac in a special part of the burrow. The egg sac is 35mm by 30mm and oval in shape. It is thicker at the center and is very white. It’s made of tough silk. The eggs are 2mm in diameter and are translucent. They are a rich yellow colour. The female lays 48 eggs.The female is a devoted mother and carries the egg sac until the young emerge and then cares for them until they leave the burrow. They are about 10mm long in the body when they leave. In late September to the end of October mating takes place and females are usually found with egg sacs in November to December. Spiders breed in the wild but are very difficult to breed in captivity