World’s Biggest Spider

October 18, 2010

It’s getting close to Halloween, so maybe it’s time to think of creepy-crawlies.

The scientists say this is the world’s biggest spider…

Goliath Birdeater Tarantula

The goliath birdeater tarantula of South America is a venomous night hunter and can grow to be one foot (30 centimeters) long and sports one-inch (2.5-centimeter) fangs.

However, this spider is considered fairly harmless to humans.  They do carry venom in their fangs and have been known to bite humans when threatened, but the venom just causes swelling and mild pain for a few hours (like a wasp sting). Tarantula bites to humans are usually in self-defense and don’t always contain spider venom – what is known as a “dry bite”.

That may all be true, but that doesn’t mean I want to test their theory and see if one would bite me, and if it did, without venom.

No, here’s MY kind of spider.  It’s even bigger than the goliath birdeater tarantula, but it’s CUTE!!!

Yep, if we’ve got to have spiders, that’s the kind to have!

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