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World's Biggest Spider Explained
National Geographic ^ | October 31, 2013 | Carrie Arnold

Posted on 11/01/2013 10:48:57 AM PDT by EveningStar

In a world where even the smallest spiders can provoke a fearful shriek, Theraphosa blondi takes scare tactics to a whole new level.

This South American tarantula holds the record for world's largest spider. Other spiders might have longer legs, but T. blondi's large body means its overall weight can reach 6 ounces (170 grams).

Commonly known as the Goliath birdeater due to an 18th-century engraving showing another member of the tarantula family eating a hummingbird--which gave the entire Theraphosa genus the nickname of "bird eaters"--the gargantuan spider is not quite as menacing as it might seem.

(Excerpt) Read more at newswatch.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: goliathbirdeater; southamerica; spider; tarantula; theraphosablondi; worldslargestspider
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1 posted on 11/01/2013 10:48:57 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


2 posted on 11/01/2013 10:49:33 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: humblegunner

Because I love you ping. ;-)


3 posted on 11/01/2013 10:51:22 AM PDT by TheMom (Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts!)
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To: EveningStar

4 posted on 11/01/2013 10:56:00 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: EveningStar

That’s one big ass arachnid.


5 posted on 11/01/2013 10:57:26 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: EveningStar

6 posted on 11/01/2013 11:04:05 AM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: SC DOC

That’s why I love living here in Australia.


7 posted on 11/01/2013 11:04:50 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SkyDancer
That’s why I love living here in Australia.

With your Sydney Funnel Webs? No thanks!

8 posted on 11/01/2013 11:12:24 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: EveningStar
Optical illusion. That spider is the one in Ben Bernanke's office. The spider isn't huge... the Fed just shrank the dollar.
9 posted on 11/01/2013 11:14:24 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: SkyDancer

I love living in Massachusetts because I know we’ll get rid of most of the creepy,crawly things over the winter.

Except for liberals of course.

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10 posted on 11/01/2013 11:15:17 AM PDT by Mears (Liberalism is the art of being easily offended.)
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To: SC DOC

*passing out*


11 posted on 11/01/2013 11:26:21 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: TheMom

Lol!


12 posted on 11/01/2013 11:31:21 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless Americad)
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To: TheMom
Because I love you ping. ;-)

You beat me to it...

13 posted on 11/01/2013 11:31:32 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SkyDancer

Yep, a big, fat, slow Tarantula is far worse than the aggressive, oftentimes fatal Funnel Web spider native to Australia, lol.


14 posted on 11/01/2013 11:33:43 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: CatherineofAragon

OK OK I gotta confess, before someone strokes out. The spider is a hoax. Excellent photoshopping.


15 posted on 11/01/2013 11:34:26 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: EveningStar

Aw.....cute. Fuzzy like a puppy.


16 posted on 11/01/2013 11:35:54 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Those FW’s will run at you and can bite through trainers. If your lawn is infested the removal team digs down three feet and removes all that dirt and then replaces it with sterile dirt and reseed’s it.


17 posted on 11/01/2013 11:36:15 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Mears
I love living in Massachusetts because I know we’ll get rid of most of the creepy,crawly things over the winter.

Surely, that has got to be the ONLY reason.

18 posted on 11/01/2013 11:37:05 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: EveningStar

cough

sputter

gag


19 posted on 11/01/2013 11:37:29 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: SC DOC

LOL, I figured it wasn’t real, but that thing is horrific, regardless!


20 posted on 11/01/2013 11:38:17 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: RegulatorCountry
I'll take the big guy any day. I still have a divot out of my forearm where a brown recluse nailed me decades ago.
21 posted on 11/01/2013 11:39:18 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

“Surely, that has got to be the ONLY reason. “

Nope,the Bruins and Red Sox are reasons 2 and 3.:-)

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22 posted on 11/01/2013 11:39:33 AM PDT by Mears (Liberalism is the art of being easily offended.)
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To: SC DOC

GAD! If I saw that, that homeowner would have a LOT of holes in that siding.


23 posted on 11/01/2013 11:42:29 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: CrazyIvan

At least a big one like that can’t fit inside a shoe or a glove like a Brown Recluse. That’s how many get bitten.


24 posted on 11/01/2013 11:46:11 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: SC DOC

Is that a Banksy???


25 posted on 11/01/2013 11:48:35 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SC DOC

I’m surprised nobody put in a camel spider picture yet.


26 posted on 11/01/2013 12:16:20 PM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: SC DOC

The movie Eight Legged Freaks literally freaked me out.....shiver!


27 posted on 11/01/2013 12:28:09 PM PDT by diamond6 (Behold this Heart which has so loved men!" Jesus to St. Margaret Mary)
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To: CrazyIvan

How did you get bitten?


28 posted on 11/01/2013 12:29:03 PM PDT by diamond6 (Behold this Heart which has so loved men!" Jesus to St. Margaret Mary)
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To: SC DOC

I really don’t want to meet whatever it was that took off one of its legs.


29 posted on 11/01/2013 12:29:48 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Antihero101607

30 posted on 11/01/2013 12:35:26 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EveningStar
Squee! Spiders are so adorable!

Of course, I much prefer Labidognatha to Orthognatha, because the latter have those prickles they kick onto you.

31 posted on 11/01/2013 12:37:37 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: EEGator

YIKES!!
Tell that lady to move aside so I can open fire!


32 posted on 11/01/2013 12:38:06 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: SC DOC
Now that's more like it! Yeah, baby . . . yeah!!!
33 posted on 11/01/2013 12:38:42 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: RandallFlagg

LIBs/DIMs “scare” me more than spiders. At least spiders have some value.


34 posted on 11/01/2013 12:39:05 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: RandallFlagg

I would never put my face anywhere near that thing.


35 posted on 11/01/2013 12:40:45 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Thank you.


36 posted on 11/01/2013 12:44:00 PM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: EveningStar
was just in time for Hollow's eve!

37 posted on 11/01/2013 12:44:41 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: EEGator

A guy I worked for in the USAF in 1963 had a heck of a spider story. He spent WWII in Brazil, working as Air Controller for aircraft being ferried to Africa. He was out at a remote site at Dawn once. While on the porch for a smoke, he witnessed a South American bird spider doing what it was born to do. An early bird was searching for breakfast when the spider ambushed the bird and had the bird for breakfast. My boss said it took him right up to the Korean War to get over it.


38 posted on 11/01/2013 1:06:09 PM PDT by Ax
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To: SC DOC
Spiders being arachnids and not insects who for the most part have a hardened exoskeleton, spiders have a soft exoskeleton. In an insect the larger the the bug, in the Hollywood Sci-Fi tradition that is, the exoskeleton would weigh too much and crush the insect under it's own weight. And although this is a photo-shopped picture of what appears to be Lycosidae lenta( a species of wolf spider,( my favorite) I don't think it inconceivable under the right conditions to produce a spider, maybe not quite this size but near enough.
39 posted on 11/01/2013 1:28:03 PM PDT by jmacusa (I don't think so, but I doubt it.)
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To: Antihero101607

You’re welcome.


40 posted on 11/01/2013 3:32:40 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Ax

There are many creatures in this world that I never want to see up close. Huge spiders are on that list.


41 posted on 11/01/2013 3:33:47 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: diamond6
I was stripping wood shingles from an old building. I must have gotten him up my sleeve.
42 posted on 11/01/2013 3:57:16 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: EEGator

The biggest one I’ve ever seen was on a garden wall in Havana. I saw it from about 30’ away. It appeared to be about the size of my hand. I didn’t sleep for about a week.


43 posted on 11/01/2013 8:20:35 PM PDT by Ax
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