The world’s largest spider is a real crab with a leg strap of up to 30 centimeters!
If you suffer from arachnophobia – fear of spiders – then you may not need to read on. The biggest spider in the world is a lot bigger than the household chops you already wonder.
The world’s largest spider is the Goliath spider. It is also known as the Goliath bird spider and is considered to be the largest spider on the planet when looking at the total body mass.
The eight-legged monster can reach a weight of more than 120 grams and has a scary leg strap of up to 30 centimeters. At the same time it has a poison hook of about 2.5 centimeters – long enough to penetrate the human skin.
World’s biggest spider with the Latin name Theraphosa blondi originates from the rainforest of Ecuador, but lives in northern South America. Goliath spider usually lives in caves or holes, which they either dig or take over from other hollow-digging animals.
The world’s biggest spider facts
The so-called Goliath Birdeater’s name comes from records made by researchers between 1880-1900. In these records, the researchers shared their observations about the Goliath spider eating a hummingbird.
As you may be familiar, the female spiders in some species, eat their partner after mating. The females are sexually mature after three to four years and live on average 15 to 25 years. They can lay from 100 to 200 eggs that are hatched within two months.
However, the males die shortly after they have become sexually mature and typically have a life span of 3 to 6 years.
When the Goliath spider feels threatened, it sits on the hind legs and raises loudly. Although it is the world’s largest spider, its bite is not mortal to humans. The result of a bite is roughly the same symptoms as with a common weed sting.
The Goliath spider is a very popular pet among the spiders. However, it must be taken into consideration as it is one of the most aggressive spiders.