Area of zoo
Enclosure status
IUCN status
Data Deficient
Scientific name
Nephila inaurata madagascariensis

This spider features an elongated black body and red legs, with females featuring prominent yellow markings on their abdomen.

Madagascar orb weaver facts

  • Silk from these spiders was used to make a golden cloak displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2012.
  • Female Madagascar orb weavers tend to be six times bigger than their male counterparts.
  • They are one of the largest orb weaving spiders. 
  • Orb webs up to a metre across.

What do Madagascan orb weavers eat?

Feed mainly on flying insects.

Madagascan orb weaver lifespan

1-2 year lifespan

Our animals

  • Golden orb spider at London Zoo Spider walk-through
    Nephila edulis

    Golden orb weaver

    Male golden orb weavers can be tiny, with the females being up to 50 times his size.  

  • African bullfrog sleeping
    Pyxicephalus adspersus

    African bullfrog

    African bullfrogs have a monstrous appetite, and will eat anything that moves, from large birds, to snakes and even other bullfrogs!

  • King cobra
    Ophiophagus hannah

    King cobra

    These massive snakes grow 18 feet long and primarily eat other snakes.

  • Leafcutter ant carrying flower
    Atta cephalotes

    Leafcutter ant

    They can carry up to 50 times their own body weight and collect leaves to provide food for the fungus they farm.

  • Emperor scorpion at London Zoo
    Pandinus imperator

    Emperor scorpion

    One of the largest scorpions in the world, and they carry their young on it's backs when they are born.

  • Postman butterfly wings closed on a leaf
    Heliconius melpomene

    Postman butterfly

    This poisonous Mexican butterfly stores the toxins it eats as a caterpillar as protection from predators.

  • Komodo dragon at London Zoo
    Varanus komodoensis

    Komodo dragon

    The largest and heaviest reptile in the world, which can eat up to 80% of its body weight in just one feeding.

  • Two Galapagos tortoises at London Zoo
    Chelonoidis niger

    Galapagos tortoises

    With a lifespan of 177 years old, some Galapagos tortoises alive today would have around since before the American civil war. 

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