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Spider as "puppy"

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, October 19, 2014/Categories: natural history, environment

Any time we think we know so much about life on Earth, there's nothing better than a large spider in a South American rainforest to help dispel that notion. The Goliath birdeater is a colossus and the world's largest spider. It can be as large as a small puppy. Piotr Naskrecki, a researcher with Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, encountered the huge nocturnal arachnid while on a stroll through a rainforest in Guyana at night. The scientist commented:

"the (spiders') feet have hardened tips and claws that produce a very distinct, clicking sound, not unlike that of a horse's hooves hitting the ground, but not as loud. If it were to bite you with its two inch fangs it would feel like a nail was being driven into your hand."

Golaith Birdeater (Theraphosa blondii)   (credit: Harvard University/Piotr Naskrecki)

If it is a choice between finding a big furry spider or a puppy in the forest, the spider loses that one.


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