Largest Spider in the World

Submitted by: newbzoorz 7 years ago in Weird

Aww of the day? Um, maybe not.
There are 65 comments:
Female 75
turbotong....you MIGHT be thinking of a certain creature feared by GIs over in the Middle East.

Is this it?
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Female 32
I think its cute. Not as cute as the mouse, but just cute.
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Male 600
I could have sworn I saw something twice its size on TV before. Some guy compared another spider to that tarantula, and it was like twice as big. Skinny legs though.
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Female 130
D:
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Female 631
tarantulas.. the horrific teddy bear of the insect world..
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Male 5,189
O_O
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Male 217
Sweet it got posted :D I love that the video player is huge. Way to be evil fancy!
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Male 1,834
i love spiders sooooo cool
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Male 527
I`ve never really understood arachnophobia.

That is, until I saw this video. Holy crap.
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Female 275
Thanks guys. I was wondering why the last one had so many bald patches. Poor little guy.
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Male 2,586
Dada is right. (curious whether you`re on any of the forums actually - it would be cool to chat with you)

I`m doing my PhD in arachnology and although the information in this clip was factually accurate, it was totally dramaticised.

Firstly, the geographical range of them was a bit exaggerated - granted, Avicularia sp is found throughout, Psalmopeus irminia comes from Venezuela and what looks like Lasiodora parahybana is also found in South America much like T.blondi (the focus of the clip), they are separated b huge distances!
- I was impressed they were all South American UNTIL they showed Citharischius crawshayi which is African. This proves these were probably just all put there and not found wild.

PLUS, the bald patch on the T.blondi`s abdomen showed it had been pestered a lot by the film crew probably and the patches on the femurs showed quite a post-moult specimen...
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Female 1,077
@dada

i seriously respect you for being able to do something i could NEVER do. my fear of spiders is a full blown phobia, even the smallest, tiniest dot of a spider completely freaks me out and stops me in my tracks. also thanks for the information, it`s good to hear from someone who knows what they`re talking about.
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Female 1,077
really good HD quality. but KILL IT KILL IT KILL IT KILL IT MAKE IT DIE FOREVER.
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Male 39
Itchy itchy itchy
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Male 211
kill it with fire!!
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Male 2,422
"I really don`t get why people are afraid of these things. I don`t want one crawling on me and I think it would make for a lousy pet, but what is actually creepy or scary about it?"

It`s called biological preparedness. If you look at the most common phobias (spiders, snakes, heights, the dark, etc) you see that they have an evolutionary basis in things that have been dangerous to humans throughout their evolutionary history. Therefore you are biologically "primed" wherein one negative encounter with these things will create a much stronger psychological reaction and an incentive to aviod them in the future. The effect on spiders is the exact opposite. Millenia of reducing Earth`s top predator thousands of times their size into screaming little girls when they crawl on their leg has given them a bad attitude.
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Male 1,598
O.O
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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Male 400
Oh dear God! Kill it! Kill it!!!!
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Male 812
Now I kinda want a tarantula pet.
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Male 258
th-th-th-the m-m-m-mouse :,(
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Female 149
show it having sex with another spider >:D
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Male 2,033
Funny, I have an inch long fang too...

..wait.no I mean um...
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Male 767
did anyone else notice that the youtube ad was for professional extermination??
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Male 2,591
it ate a wasp so it`s cool in my book
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Female 263
Christ why did I feel the need to watch that???

Though I did get a good laugh at whocares3725`s comment.
""No one has ever died from a tarantula bite"

No, but I`m sure a lot of perfectly good pants have had to been thrown away because of them."

LOL Agreed!
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Male 3,431
Ohh GD how much would that Suck to be eaten by a giant friggin spider.
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Female 78
another thought that comes to mind: we appeared on this planet somewhere between 250 and 300.000 years ago. Spiders were on this planet 400 -MILLION- years ago. That said, we have two choices: to be scared by them or to WORSHIP them. I belong to the second group and videos like these sound like BLASPHEMY to me.
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Female 78
I am an entomologist and arachnologist and I declare that this video is full of $hit.
It is true that Theraphosids ("tarantulas") are less dangerous than you could think, but to say that there are no deaths connected to a Theraphosid bite is false. The genus Harpactirella has caused more than one death, and it belongs to Theraphosidae. And there are many more things that I don`t like in this video. Like the poor mouse aptly placed in front of the "Goliath" (Theraphosa blondi) burrow by a cameraman.
PLEASE don`t believe everything you hear or see on these so-called "scientific" TV shows.
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Male 25,416
om nom nom nom!
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Female 206
NOOOO NOT THE MOUSY! ugh i hate spiders O_O
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Female 1,593
Another Harry Potter picture. Awesome!
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Male 1,625
Tarantulas are great pets. If you`re not squeamish.
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Male 12,365
[quote]No human deaths? You`d think some people would be allergic to the bite, just like people die all the time from bee stings...[/quote]

Tarantulas very rarely bite humans. We`re far too big for them to eat. Couple that with the rarity of an allergic reaction that bad to a mild poison and it`s plausible that no-one has died from it.

[quote]You can see the shedding hairs right at the end, that`s what `itching powder` is made of! lolz![/quote]

Don`t try this at home, folks. Tarantula hairs can be more dangerous than tarantula poison. They`re sharp and barbed and a tarantula has a lot of them. A tarantula can fling out a flurry of these small spears with a quick kick. Bad news in any delicate areas and they can penetrate human skin. Handle with care. Or not at all.
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Male 79
@whyme73

Yeah, I want to give it a kiss. The Kiss of DEATH, DIE YOU SCARY MOTHERF*CKER, DIIIEEE...
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Male 272
i find it extremely beautiful, even graceful.
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Male 119
Bleh. *shivers*
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Female 2,120
Just think about this thing skittering up your pant leg when you try to step on it
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Male 15,510
Awee of the day indeed
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Male 469
Don`t you just wanna give it a kiss?
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Male 558
She`s purty...
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Female 798
aww it`s just like an eight-legged puppy!
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Male 670
if i see any spider that dratin big, im skipping fire, and going with 12 gauge
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Male 436
I really don`t get why people are afraid of these things. I don`t want one crawling on me and I think it would make for a lousy pet, but what is actually creepy or scary about it?
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Female 35
ah, the media hating on spiders again.. i hate it.
spiders <3
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Male 39,921
no, THIS is the worlds biggest spider.

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Male 807
@unmercyfuldu-hey bud, you need to see the Stephen Fry video next cause you have issues
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Male 2,893
My cat rubbed against my leg while I was watching this.
Let`s hope nobody caught that on video..........
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Male 1,378
they`re still creepy as fock
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Male 762
I hate it when people say things like "perfectly adapted to their habitat." If that were the case they would never die of anything other than old age. Never be squashed by a tree, never drown in a river, or eaten by a bird. Just absurd.
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Male 3,915
knowledge can turn human fear into fascination...

knowing that they can`t kill you doesn`t make me not scared of them....

does knowing that seeing someone puke can`t hurt you in any way keep you from throwing up at the sight of it? no....just for example...
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Male 605
not true, I got bit once and died from it!
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Female 854
Did the video have to be so big! The Fear Factor Spider is still the worst for me. African Spider
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Male 187
Don`t just kill it with fire, kill it with a gun that shoots flaming chainsaws then run over it with a steamroller with spikes attached.
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Female 533
My friend had a goliath T. It was 11 inches in length and inch long fangs, it practially covered my whole torso when it crawled on me but it was soo badass to look at
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Female 3,574
bleh
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Male 550
You may not die from a spider bit, but that mother drater`s fangs can grow up to an inch long!! You may not die, but that`s a serious cut. Lol!
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Female 7
OH GOD!!!!!!!!!
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Male 310
"No one has ever died from a tarantula bite"

No, but I`m sure a lot of perfectly good pants have had to been thrown away because of them.
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Male 1,182
Kill it with fire.
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Male 40,752
No human deaths? You`d think some people would be allergic to the bite, just like people die all the time from bee stings...
You can see the shedding hairs right at the end, that`s what `itching powder` is made of! lolz!
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Male 2,440
Note to self: Stay the f*ck away from South American rainforests.
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Male 14,331
This is why I won`t live in the tropics.
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Female 4,039
You might not die from the spider`s bite, but if I ever flicked on the light and saw one of those I would shat myself, then have a heart attack and die.
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Male 7,831
could be, i think its adorable. but, i do love spiders.
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Male 217
Link: Largest Spider in the World [Rate Link] - Aww of the day? Um, maybe not.
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