An entomologist’s encounter with the largest spider in the world

An entomologist’s encounter with the largest spider in the world

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Gigantic spiders have been a common sight in Harry Potter movies and fairytales. But it was nothing less than a surprise for scientist Piotr Naskrecki when he saw a huge – puppy sized – spider in real life.

Entomologist Naskrecki spotted a Goliath bird-eater tarantula spider (largest spider recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records) in the Guyana rainforest some years back. It was only last week that the Naskrecki actually revealed his encounter with the strange spider in his photo blog.

The scientist from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University states, he ‘heard the rustle of an animal running, at first he thought it was a rat, only to find that it was the largest spider in the world.’

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Owing to its mammoth size (compared to spiders), the Goliath bird-eater tarantula spider, is probably the only spider in the world that makes noise while walking. Weighing up to 6 oz, the spider can grow up to a leg span of almost a foot.

The large spider’s venom is not poisonous, but is can inflict wounds and for self-defense, can release microscopic hair and barbs by rubbing its hind legs with its abdomen.

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Via: DailyNews