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Top 7 Big Spider Species

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Do you have arachnophobia, or a fear of spiders? In that case, you probably shouldn’t go see the largest spiders on Earth. Knowledge, however, is the key to freedom. Acquire knowledge about these squirmy creatures and their habitats so that you can organize your trip accordingly. Lets take a look at big spider species.

You may also want to know what spider poop looks like.

Here is the top 7 big spider species:

7. Brazilian Wandering Spider

This spider may not be the largest on the list, but it certainly is the most terrifying. The Brazilian wandering spider, also known as the banana spider (Phoneutria fera), is often mistaken for a tarantula due to its appearance. Bad news, as tarantulas aren’t generally aggressive and don’t have strong venom. In 2010, the Brazilian wandering spider was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most poisonous spider in the world. Even though there isn’t a “most aggressive” category in the Guinness Book of World Records, this spider is probably in the top five.

This spider enjoys munching on mice, lizards, and large insects while lounging around its home. Its nomadic lifestyle is indicative of its constant search for food. As part of its journey, it stopped at both a Whole Foods in Oklahoma and a Tesco in Essex. Venom from this spi6. er is so potent that it can reportedly kill a human in under two hours. Additionally, it is rumored to give men erections that last for up to four hours. That one can be worked out through logic and calculation.

Originating in South America, you may find it in your supermarket’s fresh produce section. Those giant spiders on the bananas are definitely not your friends.

Brazilian Wandering Spider
Brazilian Wandering Spider is definetly a big spider.

6. Hercules Baboon Spider

The Natural History Museum in London houses the only Hercules baboon spider specimen ever discovered, which was collected from Nigeria around the turn of the last century. Foraging on baboons is where it first earned its moniker (not really). The comparison between its legs and a baboon’s fingers is actually what inspired the name.

Pelinobius muticus, also known as the king baboon spider, is an East African species that can reach a maximum size of 7.9 inches (20 cm). Another group of spiders known as baboon spiders belongs to the family Harpactirinae. They are a species of venomous tarantula found in Africa.

Habitat: While the Hercules baboon spider may (or may not) be extinct, smaller baboon spiders are available for purchase online and make cute pets (often inaccurately identified as the Hercules baboon). Although beautiful, this tarantula appears perpetually irate and is not recommended for novice keepers.

Originating in South America, you may find it in your supermarket’s fresh produce section. Those giant spiders on the bananas are definitely not your friends.

Hercules Baboon Spider

5. Colombian Giant Tarantula

The Colombian giant tarantula, also known as the Colombian giant redleg (Megaphobema robustum), can be kept as a pet and used to control rodent and insect populations in the home. Yet Megaphobema is most well-known for its hostile nature. That bite isn’t what you have to worry about. In response to danger, the spider may spin around and strike with its spiked hind legs.

Where to Find It: In pet stores or near logs in the Brazilian and Colombian Amazon.

Colombian Giant Tarantula

4. Grammostola anthracina

Travel to South America if you’re interested in seeing massive spiders. The Grammastola anthracina genus also includes other massive species. Popular as a pet, this tarantula is unlikely to bite unless you forget to give it mice or crickets. The average lifespan of a Grammostola is 20 years.

This spider is endemic to the countries of Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina.

Grammostola anthracina
This big spider is very hairy.

3. Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater

The Brazilian salmon pink birdeater (Lasiodora parahybana) comes in at number three and is only an inch smaller than the largest spider. Males have the advantage in leg length, but females have the weight advantage (over 100 grams). This big tarantula is easy to care for and breeds quickly in captivity. The salmon-pink bird-eater has a cat-like bite if provoked, though.

Species of this genus can be found in the wild only in the forests of Brazil. The species is rarely seen in the wild; however, it is a common captive pet and can be found in pet stores and even in your neighbor’s home.

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater

2. Giant Huntsman Spider

In spite of the fact that the Goliath birdeater is the largest known spider, the giant huntsman (Heteropoda maxima) typically appears to be larger due to its longer legs and larger body. The crab-like gait of a huntsman spider is a telltale sign of the twisted orientation of its legs. Venomous bites from these spiders may necessitate medical attention. Listen for the males’ rhythmic ticking sound, which is similar to that of a quartz clock, if you live in a warm climate. To avoid being bitten by females, you should walk in the opposite direction of the ticking sound. Imagine what you will from that.

The only known home of the giant huntsman is a cave in Laos, but related enormous huntsman spiders can be found throughout the world anywhere it is warm and temperate.

Giant Huntsman Spider
Take a look at this big spider.

1. Goliath Birdeater

The Goliath birdeater, Theraphosa blondi, weighs in at about 6.2 ounces, making it the heaviest spider in the world (175 g). It’s a tarantula, specifically. The spider bites and sometimes injects venom like that of a wasp. There is a greater danger posed by its barbed hairs, which can get stuck in skin and eyes and cause irritation and itching for days.

This spider’s common name alludes to the fact that it frequently consumes its prey’s feathers. It avoids eating people. On the contrary, it is caught and eaten by humans (tastes like shrimp).

The northern South American rainforests and swamps are home to this animal, which burrows underground to spend its days. One can be kept as a pet if so desired. It can survive without bird food. Spiders will happily consume insects.

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The Goliath Birdeater is a really big spider species.