Top 10 Largest Spiders

Top 10 Largest Spiders
 Are you someone who is scared of spiders? Best look away. This list features some massive eight-legged freaks. Here is the list of top 10 largest spiders:

10. Tegenaria Parietina

Tegenaria Parietina
 
 

Tegenaria parietina is a rare spider in Europe  with a distribution also including Northern Africa to Central Asia and Sri Lanka, and from the West Indies to Uruguay and Argentina, where it may be introduced. Body lenght of Tegenaria parietina in females is up to 20 mm and in males upto 17mm. But their legs are approximately three times longer. They are 10th largest spiders in the world with leg span of 14cm.

9. Cerbalus Aravaensis

 
Cerbalus Aravaensis

Cerbalus Aravaensis is a huntsman spider found in the southern Arava Valley of Israel and Jordan. The spider was discovered in 2010. This spider is more active during the warmer months and can mainly be spotted at night time. It is 9th largest spider in the world with leg span of 14 centimetres making it the largest member of the Sparassidae family in the Middle East.

8. Brazilian Wandering Spider

Brazilian Wandering Spider
 
 

The Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria fera) is an aggressive and highly venomous spider. It was first discovered in Brazil hence its name. Brazilian Wandering spider is a member of the Ctenidae family of wandering spiders which are of potential medical significance to humans. Two species, Phoneutria fera and Phoneutria nigriventer, are known as the Brazilian wandering spider. They are 8th largest spiders in the world with leg span of 15 centimetres.

7. Hysterocrates Spellenbergi

Hysterocrates Spellenbergi
 
 

Hysterocrates is a genus of spiders in the family Theraphosidae, native to west and central Africa. It is 7th largest spider in the world with leg span of 17.8 centimetres.

6. Hercules Baboon

Hercules Baboon
 
 

The king Baboon spider is a tarantula species native to East Africa. The spider is often rusty brown or orange in colour. Their common name refers to the fact that baboons often eat them, and as a result they are highly defensive towards primates, including humans. When approached, a king baboon spider rears up to expose its fangs and hisses loudly by rubbing its legs together. They are 6th largest spiders in the world with leg span of 20.3 centimetres.

5. Purple Bloom Bird Eating Spider

Purple Bloom Bird Eating Spider
 
 

Purple Bloom Birdeater’s are a large heavy bodied Tarantula from South America. It is popular as a spider pet because of its docile character and unique coloration. It is 5th largest spider in the world with leg span of 23 centimetres.

4. Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider
 
 

Wolf spiders are members of the family Lycosidae. They are so named because their method of hunting is to run down their prey like that of a wolf.They are hairy and typically brown to grey in colour with a distinct Union Jack impression on their backs. They are robust and agile hunters with excellent eyesight. They are 4th largest spider in the world with leg span of 25.4 centimetres.

3. Goliath Birdeater

Goliath Birdeater
 
 

The Goliath birdeater is Found in northern South America. They are the largest spiders in the world by mass.The Goliath has tiny hairs on its body that it shoots at whoever or whatever is threatening it. Its bite isn’t deadly to humans, but if you get bit by one, expect to experience severe pain, nausea and profuse sweating. Goliath birdeaters are rarely encountered. They live in the upland rainforests of South America and are nocturnal. They are 3rd largest spiders in the world with leg span of 25.4 centimetres.

2. Brazilian Salmon Pink

 Brazilian Salmon Pink
 
 

Brazilian salmon pink bird-eating tarantula is a relatively large tarantula from north-eastern Brazil.  This spider lives in the rainforest, it has a brown body with salmon-pink hairs that it shoots at its prey to disable them. Then it pounces on its prey and spits digestive juices on it, pre-digesting the victim before sucking it up. They are 2nd largest spiders in the world with leg span of 27 centimetres.

1. Huntsman

Huntsman
 
 

Huntsman spider is native to Asia, but can also be found in subtropical areas of Florida, Texas and California. Huntsman spiders are known by this name because of their speed and mode of hunting. There are also large huntsman spiders in Australia. They usually hide under loose tree bark, but their long legs have also been spotted behind wall clocks and sun-visors in cars. They are the largest spiders in the world with leg span of 30 centimetres.

 

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