Top 10 Biggest Spiders in the World

Fascinating and silently creepy, spiders have been inciting fearful shrieks all over the world for years. If you’re afraid or merely curious about them, then you might be wondering where the biggest spiders live or what the biggest spider in the world is.

Goliath Birdeater: 12 inches (record holder)

The biggest spider in the world is the South American Tarantula or Theraphosa Blondi. Also known as the Goliath bird-eating spider because of an engraving showing another species of the tarantula family eating a hummingbird, this spider mostly eats arthropods.
According to the Guinness World Records, its legs can reach up to 30 centimeters or a foot long. It can also weigh more than some newborn kittens at 6 ounces.
This type of spider doesn’t weave webs to capture its prey. Instead, it pounces on its meals and injects neurotoxins into its victims through its fangs. The venom has the ability to liquefy the insides of its victims which makes it easy for the spider to devour them.

#Giant Huntsman Spider: 12 inches

The giant huntsman or Heteropoda Maxima is the second largest spider in the world. It can grow as big as the goliath birdeater and tend to have longer feet or larger features. They are thinner than the record-holder and are known for their crab-like walk. Adult giant huntsman spiders have a leg span of up to 12 cm and have a body length that can grow up to 2.8 cm. Getting bit by the giant huntsman can cause serious damage that requires hospitalization.

#Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater Spider: 10 inches

With a leg span of up to 10 inches, the Brazilian salmon pink bird eater is considered to be the third largest spider in the world. Another type of tarantula, this spider is known for growing quickly—it can grow to six inches in the first year of its life.
These spiders live in tropical Brazilian rainforests, and as its name suggests, it has pink hairs around its body. These spiders, again, do not spin webs. Similar to the Goliath Bird Eater and the Huntsman, they lie in wait for their prey, and ambush. These spiders inject venom into their prey using their fangs. The poison can kill the victim.
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