Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula
The Chaco golden knee is a large tarantula, growing to around 20-22cm in length.
Females can live well over 20 years, whereas males normally only live for around 5-6 years.
Size: 20 – 22cm legspan
The Chaco golden knee is found in the grasslands of Argentina and Paraguay. It is a ground living species, but occasionally buries itself.
These spiders eat insects and other invertebrates. Using their large fangs they inject digestive juices into their prey, which turns the victim’s insides into liquid; the spider can then suck it up like soup!
Mating can occur any time of year. After mating, the female lays 100-500 eggs in a silk capsule. The young hatch about 6 weeks later. Young tarantulas are known as spiderlings or slings!
This species has not yet been classified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).