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http://www.livescience.com/48340-goliath-birdeater-surprises-scientist.html

Known as the South American Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), the colossal arachnid is the world's largest spider, according to Guinness World Records. Its leg span can reach up to a foot (30 centimeters), or about the size of "a child's forearm," with a body the size of "a large fist," Naskrecki told Live Science. And the spider can weigh more than 6 oz. (170 grams) — about as much as a young puppy, the scientist wrote on his blog. [See Photos of the Goliath Birdeater Spider]

Some sources say the giant huntsman spider, which has a larger leg span, is bigger than the birdeater. But the huntsman is much more delicate than the hefty birdeater — comparing the two would be "like comparing a giraffe to an elephant," Naskrecki said.


It also sports a pair of 0.79-inch-long (2 centimeters) fangs. Although the spider's bite is venomous, it's not deadly to humans. But it would still be extremely painful, "like driving a nail through your hand," Naskrecki said.


#3
Good!

Good, good...
Just a little bigger and I can start mounting lasers on their backs and soon all the world will be mine!
#4
The best part is, the guy knows about the defence mechanism (the shooting of microscopic hairs that are really itchy) and the bite being like a nail driven into your hand.

SO it's like he walked up the spider and just poked it until it bit him, and then is all "well, now I know how to describe this!"
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#6
Oh god, now just imagine spider-sized puppies.

Not puppy-sized spider-size though, just spider-sized spider-size.
#7
aww
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The best part is, the guy knows about the defence mechanism (the shooting of microscopic hairs that are really itchy) and the bite being like a nail driven into your hand.

SO it's like he walked up the spider and just poked it until it bit him, and then is all "well, now I know how to describe this!"

All in the name of science
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#16
Just imagine, you get up in the middle of the night for a poop and see that thing in your bath.


You poop anyway whilst throwing toothpaste at it and calling it stupid because it's in the bath, the Spiders natural enemy.
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Just imagine, you get up in the middle of the night for a poop and see that thing in your bath.


You poop anyway whilst throwing toothpaste at it and calling it stupid because it's in the bath, the Spiders natural enemy.

hey man, everyone's gotta bathe, even 8-legged monstrosities
#18
nature is ****in cool
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#19
I could have gone my whole life without knowing that existed
I could have slept tonight
and now everything must be doused in fire
this house is bitchin
#20
look, is that a little freaky? yeah. but id rather run into that than a bear. i could kill that. a bear would make my corpse unrecognizable.
#21
eat it for supper
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look, is that a little freaky? yeah. but id rather run into that than a bear. i could kill that. a bear would make my corpse unrecognizable.


you say that now but really this is only the prelude to eight legged freaks irl
#24
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look, is that a little freaky? yeah. but id rather run into that than a bear. i could kill that. a bear would make my corpse unrecognizable.

What are you talking about? Just kick it in the nuts and strangle it with it's tie.
#28
Big deal. Looks like something you'd kill in a tutorial quest. Call me back when they find some liches or necromancers or something.
#31
no its every day of every year of my life eastbro
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#32
scary as **** if you ran into it inside but outside i'd just be like "hey dude" and maybe throw some ants at it. yeah i'm baked.
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#33
I want one of those as a pet, imagine cuddling that on the couch.
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I want one of those as a pet, imagine cuddling that on the couch.

It's like having a puppy that can climb walls and shoots white string out of it's anus.
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#35
I'm not scared of spiders bit this ****er should not come anywhere near my country
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Precisely
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Really not sure why this is news. It's not like they've been known to science for approximately CENTURIES.



I was confused by this as well. It's not like these spiders were just recently discovered.
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