QLD BIRD EATING SPIDER (Selenocosmia crassipes)
The Queensland bird eating spider is also commonly referred to as the Australian Tarantula. This is one of several species of large, aggressive spiders, which are found in the warmer and more arid regions of Australia. The largest species may attain a body length of 60mm and a leg span of 160mm, with powerful fangs 10mm long. This is the largest species of spider in Australia, and is part of the tarantula family, which comprises of the largest spiders in the world.
There are many different types of enclosures that can be used for this species but terrarium style enclosures work best as they have a mesh lid to allow for good ventilation and are escape proof. Between 30-60cm long is recommended and as they are a burrowing spider your tank will not need to be too high. Kritter Crumble is recommended for substrate use as this spider is a tropical species and likes moisture in its cage. Kritter Crumble is a coco type substrate that allows for good water retention. About 10cm depth is sufficient and will allow them to build their burrows. Regular misting of enclosure will need needed to keep the substrate moist.
As AustralianTarantulas come from Far North Queensland some form of heating will be required. A heat mat covering no more than 1/3 of the base of the tank is ideal. This will allow them to move in and out of the warm area as they require. Temperatures should ideally be kept around 20-25 Celsius. Make sure you check your temperatures as over heating will kill your spider.
Your Tarantula should be fed 1-2 times per week and live crickets are their main food source. Mealworms, Silkworms and even small pinkie mice can be offered to your spider as an additional food source.
QLD bird eating spiders do not respond well to being handled. We would advise against handling as they can inflict a nasty bite. There are no recorded fatalities from a bite from this spider but sweeling and vomiting can occur.
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