Spiders are one of the most feared arachnids in the animal kingdom. 3 to 15 percent of the human population have developed Arachnophobia or an intense fear of spiders. Despite their scary appearance and venom, arachnids are interesting creatures. This large class of over 60,000 species has various sizes, features, and venom doses.
Here is a camel spider and tarantula fight up close. They attack each other almost immediately. In this video, it only takes a split second for the camel spider and the Goliath tarantula to size up their opponent.
The camel spider attempts to bite the face of the tarantula using its brawny jaws. The Goliath tarantula uses its long, hair legs to attack the camel spider, almost as if trying to push it away. Although smaller than the tarantula, the camel spider uses its speed to try to get closer to its opponent’s face. Watch two predators in the Arachnid class fight up close. What an amazing display of nature!
After a few seconds into the video, we can see the camel spider slightly extending its saw-like jaw to capture the Goliath tarantula and hold it in place. The Goliath tarantula uses its huge size and strength to push the camel spider away. However, the camel spider successfully clings to its opponent using its jaw. Is this move enough to make it an efficient predator? Who do you think will win in this encounter?
The tarantula moves away, somewhat dragging the camel spider along. Amazingly, it successfully escapes the pincer-like jaws of the camel spider.
What’s the difference between camel spiders and Goliath tarantulas?
The camel spider and the Goliath tarantula differ in size, color, features, natural habitat, diet, venom, and lifespan. Goliath tarantulas grow almost twice as large as camel spiders and are also the world’s largest. They are also dubbed “bird-eating spiders.” They grow up to 11 inches long, while camel spiders grow up to 6 inches. The goliath tarantulas can also live up to 25 years, while camel spiders can only live up to one year.
Goliath tarantulas and camel spiders are nocturnal, but tarantulas can be found in upland rainforests of northern South America, while camel spiders can be found in desert regions on many continents except Australia and Antarctica.
Read more about the key differences between the Goliath tarantula and the camel spider here. We hope you enjoyed a camel spider and tarantula fight and check out other videos below!
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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Is the Goliath tarantula or the camel spider larger?
Goliath tarantulas grow almost twice as large as camel spiders and are also the world’s largest.
What is the life span for these two arachnids?
The goliath tarantulas can also live up to 25 years, while camel spiders can only live up to one year.
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