Biggest Spider in the World : 8 Large Species

Goliath Birdeater

The Goliath birdeater is the world's largest spider by mass. It weighs 6.2 ounces and can bite with venom comparable to a wasp sting. Found in rainforests of northern South America.

Giant Huntsman Spider

The giant huntsman spider has long legs and a crab-like walk. It can deliver a venomous bite requiring hospitalization. Found in a cave in Laos and warm regions worldwide.

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater

The Brazilian salmon pink birdeater is a large tarantula that breeds readily in captivity. It can bite like a cat. Found in the forests of Brazil and popular as pets.

Grammostola Anthracina

Grammostola anthracina is a large South American tarantula popular as a pet. It can live up to 20 years and eats mice and crickets. Found in Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina.

Colombian Giant Tarantula

The Colombian giant tarantula is aggressive and eats mice and lizards. It strikes with spiked rear legs when threatened. Found in tropical rainforests of Brazil and Colombia.

Face-Sized Tarantula

The face-sized tarantula adapts to deforestation by living in abandoned buildings. It eats birds, lizards, rodents, and snakes. Found in Sri Lanka and India.

Hercules Baboon Spider

The Hercules baboon spider, known for its baboon-like legs, might be extinct. Related baboon spiders deliver strong venom. Found in East Africa.

Camel Spider

The camel spider, a cross between a scorpion and spider, lives in deserts. It can run up to 10 mph but is nonvenomous. Found in warm deserts and scrublands.

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