What are the BIGGEST Spiders in the world??

What are the BIGGEST Spiders in the world??


Spiders have been on the planet in some form
or another for around 380 million years, so they’ve had plenty of time to develop into
numerous species of all shapes, sizes, colors and textures. The smallest fully-grown spider is the male
Patu digua with a body length of just 0.37mm – which isn’t scary at all. Nevertheless, nature has also produced some
truly humungous spiders that will make you squeamish…well…unless you’re one of those
people who like big spiders! Stay tuned to number 1 to hear the debate
about which spider really gets to claim the title “biggest spider in the world.” Number 10: Cerbalus Aravensis. Found in the Southern Arava Valley of Israel
and Jordan, the Cerbalus Aravensis is a type of nocturnal huntsman spider that lives in
sand dunes and which is most active during the hotter months. This clever little creature makes underground
dens with trap-doors made of sand and a glue-like substance which helps disguise the entrances
from predators – and means it can just appear out of the sand at any time. Due to its intelligent designs, some have
even gone as far to class this as one of the smartest spiders in the world. And let’s face it, what’s scarier that a clever
spider who can pop out of the sand at any minute. Surprisingly, this species was only discovered
in 2010 and is considered the largest spider found in the Middle East. Due to their recent discovery, not much is
known about the species, but the largest one found so far had a leg span of 14cm. Although the species poses a threat to beetles,
insects, gerbils and small lizards, thankfully humans face little danger from this spider! So, at least THAT’S one we DON’T need to worry
about! Number 9: Brazilian Wandering Spider. Found mainly in tropical South America, the
term Brazilian Wandering Spider actually refers to two species of spiders – the Phoneutria
fera and Phoneutria nigriventer – which are also known by other English names including
“armed spiders” and “banana spider”, the latter of which is shared with a number of other
spiders. Due to the Brazilian Wandering Spider consisting
of two slightly different species, their body length and leg span can range in size. Their leg span can measure from 13 to 15cm
while their body length can reach up to 5cm. Although it’s not the biggest spider on this
list, it is actually one of the most venomous spiders in the world and can be deadly to
humans, especially small children. Thankfully there are antidotes that will reserves
the effects of the venom. So you might be thinking that you don’t need
to worry about this particular spider unless you’re walking around tropical South America,
buuut, I might have to burst your safe space bubble. These spiders have been known to hitch a ride
on banana deliveries to places all over the world. In fact, in 2005, a British man spent nearly
a week in hospital after being bitten by a Brazilian Wandering Spider that had travelled
to the country in a shipment on bananas – so, be sure to keep an eye on your bags of bananas! Number 8: Camel Spider. The camel spiders, also known by its scientific
name, Solifugae, and other names like the wind scorpions or sun spiders, is a family
of spiders that includes more than a 1000 described species of spider. The largest species is known to have grown
up to 15cm including the legs. Due to their size, they feast on termites,
beetles and other small, ground-dwelling arthropods. Like any creature that scares people, the
size and general speed the spider moves has been over exaggerated in urban legends, as
has its potential danger to humans, which is actually negligible. Number 7: King Baboon Spider. The King Baboon Spider is a type of tarantula
native to East Africa that can grow a leg span of up to 20cm. This is another burrowing species that makes
dens underground and, as a result, its back legs are very thick as they are used for digging. Although not deadly to humans, the King Baboon
Spider does have very strong venom and a bite from a baby spider – which roughly measures
about 1cm in body length – would be enough to cause sharp pain and leave
the bite area itchy for a number of days. Some spider fans considered this a collectable
species, but due to its highly defensive nature it’s not suitable for beginners. Would you keep this as a pet? Let us know in the comment below! And while your’re there, be sure to hit that
subscribe button! Number 6: Colombian Giant Black Tarantula
Also known as the Colombian redleg or simply the Colombian Giant Tarantula, this spider
is found in the Colombian and Brazilian tropical rainforests. It likes to prey on large insects like crickets,
as well as small lizards and mice. It has a leg span measuring between 15 and
20 cm at full growth. Like many other spiders, the Colombian Giant
Tarantula is known for its defensive behaviors, and is able to flick urticating hairs and
bite like other tarantula species, but this spider also has other tricks as well. The first weapon the spiders have to try and
scare off or intimidate an attacking predator is their ability to stretch out their legs
and bob up and down, resulting in quick movements and making itself look bigger. If this doesn’t work, they can spin in a circle
while whipping their legs around to hit the victims with the sharp spikes on their legs. Number 5: Poecilotheria Rajaei. Native to Sri Lanka and India, the Poecilotheria
Rajaei, which is a tarantula species, was only officially described in 2012 after being
discovered in 2009 when a dead specimen was brought to the attention of specialist conducting
an arachnid survey of Sri Lanka at the time. With a leg span of up to 20cm – which is unbelievingly
enough to cover your face – it is one of the largest tarantulas, but as we’ll see later
on, it still doesn’t win the honors of largest spider! Thankfully, this is another species that’s
not deadly to humans, but its venom can kill small rodents, birds, lizards and snakes. Unfortunately, though, due to the spider preferring
to live in old trees, they are affected by deforestation and scientists are concerned
for the fate of this possible rare species. Number 4: Grammostola Anthracina. The Grammostola Anthracin is a spider that
is native to Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina, but is kept as a pet by many people
worldwide. Its body, including legs can reach anywhere
up to 25cm, which is about the size of a dinner plate. Regardless of its size, this species is known
for its docile nature – as long as you don’t provoke it in any way, and because of this,
they make good pets for beginners. They will remain quite content as long as
it’s feed mice and other insects and is kept in a dry, humid environment. Also, what sets this spider apart from many
of its close relatives is that the female spiders actually stay to help their offspring
break free from their egg sacks. Number 3: Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater. The Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater, also
known as the salmon pink or LP, is one of the largest tarantula species. Discovered and described in 1917, it is a
ground dweller living in the Brazilian rainforest. Its leg span can reach between 19 and 25cm
and its body measures approximately 10cm; however there are variations between male
and female species. As well as differences in size, mature males
also have tibial hooks on their front pair of legs which are used to hook back the female’s
fangs during mating. Like all big spiders, this species is an excellent
hunter, and the Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater is an excellent ambush predator as well. Instead of spinning webs to catch prey, they
lie in wait and strike as their victims walk by, injecting venom into them before they
even know what’s happening. This makes them appealable (appealing?) to
spider collectors and pet owners, but you should be warned, their semi-aggressive nature
means they’re not suitable for beginners. Number 2: The Giant Huntsman Spider. Okay…it’s time to start the true debate. The Giant Huntsman spider is a species of
huntsman spider and is considered the world’s largest spider by leg span as it can reach
up to 30cm or a foot in length. Its body can measure up to 4.6cm in length
making it considerable smaller than its legs … which is just creepy looking. The huntsman species are known for their speed
and hunting abilities and their legs can twist forward in a crab-like fashion. Generally found in Laos, the spider is a cave
dweller that lives near the entrances to caves. Nevertheless, people have claimed to find
giant huntsman spiders outside of Laos, and in November 2016, an internet article detailed
how a colossal specimen was found in Queensland, Australia. Thankfully, the Giant Huntsman spiders and
other Huntsman spiders are not dangerous to humans; it’s just their creepy appearance
that causes concern. And let’s face it; you don’t need to be an
arachnophobe to be creeped out by this spider! Number 1: The Goliath Bird-Eating Tarantula. The largest spider in world, measured by mass
and size, is the Goliath Bird-Eating tarantula, and in comparison, to other species of tarantula,
this species is a beast. It’s leg span can reach up to 28cm, which
is only slightly shorter than the leg span of a Giant Huntsman, but it’s body length,
which can measure up to 11.9cm makes it larger and heavier than the Huntsman, and results
in it taking the mantle as the biggest spider in the world. Although its name suggests it feasts on birds,
this is not entirely true. It’s actually very rare for them to eat an
adult bird, but these opportunists have been known to eat frogs, toads, lizards and even
small mice. The origin of the “bird-eating” name derives
from the early 18th century when copper engraver Maria Merian depicted one eating a hummingbird. One interesting fact about this species is
that about 50% of the male species are killed or injured while trying to mate … so clearly
they don’t have it easy. And to top it all off…this spider is cooked
as part of local cuisine, with its taste has been compared to shrimps! Which one do YOU think is bigger? Let us know! Take care!

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