How to Draw a Goliath Bird-Eating Spider

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Goliath Bird Eating Spider in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Goliath Bird Eating Spider.

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How to Draw a Goliath Bird Eating Spider - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start by drawing a circle for the head and add two dots at the bottom of the circle for the eyes. The Goliathn Bird-Eating Spider does not have great vision, so they hunt by vibrations.

Step 2: Now let's draw the front three right legs. Notice the first two are much shorter than the third. The Spider uses these legs to capture prey form its' underground hole.

Step 3: Now draw the third right hind legs. The Goliath Bird-Eating Spider has legs that are much thicker than a normal spider because they do not spin a web.

Step 4: Draw the body of the spider by adding a curved line attaching the head to the farthest hind leg.

Step 5: Now, draw the three front legs to match the right legs. Remember to keep them thick like the other legs. Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders are the second-largest in the world.

Step 6: Continue by drawing the three left hind legs from that side of the body.

Step 7: Draw patterns on the spider by adding lines throughout the legs of the spider.

Step 8: Next, add the hairs all over the spider by drawing short lines throughout the legs. Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders are very hairy. You can color this spider dark brown.

Interesting Facts about Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders

A Goliath Bird Eating Spider doesn’t really eat birds. They actually eat large insects, small animals, and earthworms. Goliath Bird Eating Spiders have a lot of names including: Giant Bird Eating Tarantula and Goliath Birdeater. This tarantula is the second largest in the world. They live in South America and swampy wet places. Goliath Bird Eating Spiders are up to 11.9 centimeters long and weighs about 175 grams. They are covered with thick brown fur and have different shades. Goliath Bird Eating Spiders will jump on their prey and inject poison into its victim. Don’t worry, they don’t hurt humans.

Did you know?

  • Goliath Bird Eating Spiders can’t see well, so they hunt by feeling vibrations on the ground.
  • Explorers named the spider after watching it eat a hummingbird.
  • Females live longer than males partly because the female will eat the male after mating.
  • Goliath Bird Eating Spiders live underground; they dig holes and wait for food.
  • These spiders are popular pets, but they rarely survive the trip.

Lesson Plan Note: Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders are a great addition to a cultural study. This topic can be part of a study of South America and its countries. This idea would work for any age group.