It’s not uncommon to have a fear of spiders. If you are someone who is afraid of spiders, you are not alone. Almost 6% of the human population suffers from arachnophobia; which is the fear of spiders. The eight legged critters can be scary at times when they pop inside our houses; especially during winter. But they do in fact play a major role in the eco system by eating harmful insects that could destroy crops. Although they help us by controlling pests, they are still scary. Here, we are listing a few of the giant spiders that reside in different parts of the world.
1. Goliath Bird-eater: Northern South America
The Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi) is the world’s largest spider by mass. It’s a type of tarantula that is known to be gigantic. In 2014, Piotr Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, came across a Goliath birdeater that was the size of a small puppy. The discovery was made in a rainforest in Guyana. Despite the fearsome name, the spiders don’t actually eat birds, but are very capable of it. The spiders are mostly afraid of human beings, and when threatened, make hissing noises. Goliath birdeaters mostly live in burrows in the rainforests and swamps of northern South America. (source)
2. Giant Huntsman Spider: Laos, Australia and Asia
The Goliath birdeater might be massive in size but when it comes to the length of their legs, the giant huntsman spider will emerge victorious. They have long legs and when based on leg span, they are considered the biggest spiders in the world. Huntsman spiders are easily recognizable due to the twisted orientation of their legs that makes them walk like crabs. This species of spider was only discovered in 2001 in Laos but they are also found in Australia and Asia. Oh, and they are extremely fast, but no need to worry since they evade human beings. (source)
3. Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater: Brazil
The Brazilian salmon pink birdeater has a leg-span of up to 10 inches and is one of the largest tarantulas in the world. They grow at an extremely fast pace and within the first year of their life, they can grow as big as six inches. Like the name implies, they are partially pink, making them easy to identify. The males have longer legs than the female but the females are bigger and heavier than the males. Brazilian salmon pink birdeaters are mostly found in the forests of Brazil, and your neighbors house, because they are one of the most famous species of spiders to be bought as pets. (source)
4. Colombian Giant Tarantula: Brazil and Colombia
The Colombian giant tarantula or Colombian giant redleg is an aggressive breed of spider. They can grow up to 8 inches long and are capable of camouflaging themselves in the rain forests and scrublands. Colombia redlegs are night hunters who spend an inordinate amount of time in underground burrows during the day. Although aggressive in nature, they play a major role in the ecosystem since they primarily feed on large pests. They are mainly found in the tropical rainforests of Brazil and Colombia. (source)
5. Face-Sized Tarantula: Sri Lanka and India
The face-sized tarantula is a recently discovered species from northern Sri Lanka. The species of spider can grow as big as a human face with a leg span of 8 inches. Face-sized tarantulas were found everywhere in Sri Lanka and India, but deforestation caused them to adapt to their new environments. Some have been discovered inside homes and abandoned buildings. Their diet consists mainly of animals such as lizards or birds. (source)
6. Hercules Baboon Spider: Nigeria and Africa
The Hercules Baboon Spider is an eight-legged animal that has an 8-inch leg span. They are one of the most highly sought after arachnids because they are the rarest spiders in the world. The breed of spiders have not been spotted since 1900, and the name was given due to the similarity of their legs to a baboon’s finger. Since they have not been seen for more than a century, some scientists say that they have gone extinct.
7. Camel Spider: Deserts everywhere except for Antarctica
The camel spider is often camel-colored and lives in the desert. The species is a cross between a scorpion and a true spider. It has two fangs that it uses to make noises as well as to hunt. They are found in almost all deserts with the only exception being Antarctica. If you ever come across one, make sure you run because they can run up to speeds of 10 mph (16 km/h). No need to worry though because they’re nonvenomous.