An Acromantula is a species of giant spider, native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia, particularly Borneo where it inhabits dense jungle. Acromantulas are believed to be a wizard-bred species, designed to guard dwellings or treasure hoards, and were first created before the ban on experimental breeding in 1965. These giant spiders, with a taste for human flesh, were first spotted in 1794.
The acromantulas sported eight, black eyes (white if blind) and are typically covered in thick black hair, with a leg span that can reach up to fifteen feet. They possess a set of giant fangs which they use to eat live prey or their own dead kin. Their pincers produce a clicking sound when they are agitated or excited
These fangs contain highly toxic venom, valued at 100 galleons a pint, which is even potent for a short time after death. Their eggs are Class A non-tradeable material
The female is usually larger than the male, and can lay up to one hundred soft, wide, beach ball-sized eggs at a time. They usually hatch in six to eight weeks
Acromantulas tend to reside in thick jungles and heavily forested areas, and their webs are large and dome-shaped.
Acromantulas in the Wizarding WorldEdit
A colony of Acromantulas was established in the Forbidden Forest at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by Aragog and his mate, Mosag. Acromantulas are used in Triwizard Tournament's, usually in the third task.
The Forbidden Forest Acromantula colony participated in the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998, when the Death Eaters drove them out of the Forest, and towards Hogwarts Castle. Rubeus Hagrid was captured by the Death Eaters after he was lost among the swarm in his efforts to protect Aragog's offspring.
The eight eyes of the Acromantula are used to symbolize the number eight in the runic alphabet.