posted on Oct, 12 2008 @ 02:11 AM
I think all relevant info has already been posted in regards to the OP. Would just like to add though that I've been somewhat of an insect
enthusiast/entomologist most my life -- and have had a bit of experience hunting/keeping the bird eating spiders local to far north Queensland,
Australia. So far I've found at least 10 different species over the years, 2 of the smaller rain forest spm's are possibly new species. One
particularly interesting find though is a burrow I once came across, belonging to some species of bird eater, that was unusually larger than the
average diameter of an adult's burrow. It was unfortunate that the spider itself was absent from the hole at the time, but from my experience I can
safely say that the spider would almost definitely be larger than any of the known species in Australia -- and quite possibly around the same size as
the Goliath Bird Eater from South America.
Note that this find was deep in the tropical rainforests of far north Queensland, in which I'm certain there are still thousands of species of
insects/spider to be discovered. I'll have to make it a project of mine to find this spider and find out just how big it really is.
[edit on 12/10/08 by Navieko]