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Roasted tarantula. View of a roasted giant or goliath bird-eating spider (Theraphosa leblondi) on a plate. This tarantula is the world's largest spider, with a leg span of up to 28 cm. Tarantulas are hairy spiders of the family Theraphosidae. They eat insects, lizards and birds. After cooking the spider in a fire, its charred hair is rubbed off and its legs are broken off and eaten. The spider's body contains crab-like white flesh. As well as spider-eating, the eating of insects, entomophagy, occurs all over the world. Spiders, and insects such as ants, moths and beetles, are good sources of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Photographed in Sejal, a village in Venezuela.
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