Top 10 biggest giant spiders in the world

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1. Goliath bird-eating spider

With its super size, this giant spider makes your heart stop when you see it.


Goliath Birdeater spider (bird-eating spider), also known as Theraphosa blondi, belongs to the Tarantula spider family, has many feathers. The name of this spider comes from an explorer who saw it while eating a hummingbird.


Goliath Birdeater is recognized as the largest spider in the world with a weight of up to 170 grams and a leg length of about 30cm. They live in the highland tropical forests of South America such as: Northern Brazil, Surinam, Guyana, and southern Venezuela.


Their entire body is covered with a layer of fur that looks very scary. This spider has up to 8 eyes but their eyesight is relatively poor. Goliath Birdeater spiders are active mainly at night, during the day they hide in self-dug burrows or burrows left by other creatures. Their fangs are up to 2cm long, easily piercing the skin of their prey. The Goliath Birdeater spider's fangs contain venom. The bite only causes swelling and mild pain for a few hours but cannot kill a person.
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2. Hunter spider

Huntsman spiders are considered eight-legged monsters that eat cockroaches and are nearly 30 cm long. Huntsman spiders are famous for their huge size, the total leg length of a male can be up to 12 inches (about 25cm).


Huntsman spiders are also known as giant crab spiders or wood spiders because they like to live in areas with a lot of wood such as forests or warehouses.


Huntsman spiders belong to the Sprassidae family of spiders, which includes more than 1,000 species. They live in warm tropical climates around the world such as: Australasia, Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Mediterranean basin. They are very common in Australia but have also been found in parts of the US, Pakistan, India, China and Japan.


Adult huntsman spiders will not spin webs to hunt prey. Their main food is insects. They sometimes eat small reptiles such as lizards and geckos. Huntsman spiders use venom to stun their prey and digest them. In Australia, people witnessed a huntsman spider dragging a mouse.
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3. Pink salmon spider eats birds

Despite its name, this giant spider does not eat birds, instead it only eats insects, frogs, lizards and mice. The reason they are called pink salmon spiders is because they are brown in color with pink hair like salmon skin. They can shoot feathers and take down their prey. The Brazilian bird-eating pink salmon spider lives in rain forests and has a size including a leg span of 25 cm.


Males have longer legs than females, but females are heavier (over 100 grams). This large tarantula breeds easily in captivity and is said to be docile. However, when provoked, this bird-eating pink salmon spider can deliver a bite as damaging as that of a cat.


In the wild, this species lives in the forests of Brazil. However, Brazilian pink salmon spiders are a popular pet across the country, so it's no surprise when you see them in pet stores.

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4. Spider Xenesthis monstrosa

Xenesthis monstrosa is a species of spider in the family Theraphosidae.


Xenesthis monstrosa (Colombian Giant Black Spider) has a size including a leg span of up to 23 cm. They have a common black color with brown and red fur depending on living conditions.


As of May 2020, scientists have found them living in Colombia, Venezuela and Panama. The Colombian giant black spider is an aggressive carnivore that eats large insects, small lizards, and mice. They are completely harmless to humans.
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5. Baboon spider

The king baboon spider is one of the rarest spiders in the world with a size of about 20 cm. Their food is insects, they contain very strong toxins but are not dangerous to humans. A bite from a young spider only leaves a stinging and itchy wound. So this species of spider is loved by many people as pets.


The only known Hercules baboon spider was photographed in Nigeria about a hundred years ago and is currently stored at the Natural History Museum London. It gets its name from its habit of eating baboons (not really). In fact, it was named for the similarity between its legs and a baboon's fingers.

The baboon spider (Pelinobius muticus) lives in East Africa and slowly grows to 7.9 inches (20 cm). Harpactirinae is another subfamily of baboon spiders and is commonly known as baboon spiders. They are purebred species originating from Africa, with strong venom.

Habitat: Hercules baboon spiders may be extinct, but you can get smaller baboon spiders as pets (often not correctly identified as Hercules baboon spiders). However, this Tarantula seems to always be angry, and is not a good choice for beginners.
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6. Spider Poecilotheria Rajaei

This is a species of spider that only lives in Sri Lanka and India, has many impressive colors (light pink with gray on the abdomen), moves fast, contains venom with high toxin content, can kill rats, other animals. small birds and snakes. Rajaei spiders like to live in fallen trees, rock corners or indoors.


Poecilotheria rajaei was first discovered in 2009 in Sri Lanka. They like to live in old trees, but because their habitat has been destroyed, they are often found in old buildings in India. They have a leg span of about 20 cm and are pale pink with gray on the belly.


This is one of the giant spider species that has been confirmed to be rare. Furthermore, their venom is only enough to kill small animals and is completely harmless to humans.


This species of spider is quite rare, usually living in giant ancient trees. But strangely, this species of spider has a settling habit, they only live in one place until they are in danger or the nest is destroyed. Currently, due to the impact of deforestation in Sri Lanka, the number of these spiders has decreased significantly.

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7. Golden silk spider

The golden silk spider - Nephila clavipes - is a spider commonly found in North America. An adult golden silk spider has a body length (including leg span) of up to 20cm, with females being larger than males.


Nephila spiders have quite poisonous venom, but their special feature is the ability to spin huge and sturdy webs to hunt prey.


The length of each spider web can be up to nearly 2 meters, so small insects definitely cannot escape their webs. Even small snakes or birds become "reluctant" prey of golden silk spiders. This spider's food is mainly insects, birds and small snakes.


Besides, this species of spider also has a very special "couple life", that is, male spiders must... massage their partners when they are tired, because otherwise they will be torn apart immediately. .

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8. Camel spider

Solifugae (wind scorpions, sun spiders) can reach sizes of 12 - 15 cm. They live mainly in arid climates and hunt ground-dwelling arthropods and other small animals. Although this giant spider rarely attacks humans, its pincer claws can puncture human skin, causing very painful bites.


Solfigae camel spiders are usually camel yellow and live in deserts. It actually looks like a cross between a scorpion and a spider, with two giant pincers (fangs) that it uses to bite and to make scary sounds (shrilling noises). Unless you are a fast runner, this spider can chase and catch you, with a top speed of about 10 miles per hour (16 km/h). Take comfort as it is known to be non-venomous.


Habitat: in any warm desert or shrubland. It has never been seen in Antarctica.
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9. Brazilian nomadic spider

The Brazilian nomadic spider is 15cm in size. Although not the largest spider, this is the scariest species on the list. As the most poisonous spider in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records, the Brazilian nomadic spider has aggressive characteristics, living mainly in areas where banana trees grow; Attacks prey by injecting venom.


This spider is said to be very poisonous, its venom is so strong that it can kill a person within 2 hours.

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10. Spider Cerbalus aravaensis

Cerbalus aravaensis was first discovered by Dr. Gershom Levy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2007. By 2009, they were discovered more often in sand dunes in Israel.


Cerbalus aravaensis spider is a black and white spider, discovered in sand dust in Israel in 2009 with a body size of 14 cm long. This species of spider often lives underground and is a convenient location for them to carry out deadly attacks on their prey. This is also one of the giant spider species that is at high risk of extinction due to habitat destruction.
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