October 19, 2014 8:18 pm -

Whiile Piotr Naskrecki was strolling through a rainforest in Guyana, he heard a rustling sound. “When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing,” Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, said.

What he saw was an enormous, puppy-sized spider, according to Live Science.


[su_center_ad]The spider Naskrecki encountered is known as the South American Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), a colossal arachnid, considered the world’s largest spider. It can weigh as much as a young puppy.

Live Science reports:

When Naskrecki approached the imposing creature in the rainforest, it would rub its hind legs against its abdomen. At first, the scientist thought the behavior was “cute,” he said, but then he realized the spider was sending out a cloud of hairs with microscopic barbs on them. When these hairs get in the eyes or other mucous membranes, they are “extremely painful and itchy,” and can stay there for days, he said. [Creepy-Crawly Gallery: See Spooky Photos of Spiders]

But its prickly hairs aren’t the birdeater’s only line of defense; it also sports a pair of 2-inch-long (5 centimeters) fangs. Although the spider’s bite is venomous, it’s not deadly to humans. But it would still be extremely painful, “like driving a nail through your hand,” Naskrecki said.

And the eight-legged beast has a third defense mechanism up its hairy sleeve. The hairs on the front of the spider’s body have tiny hooks and barbs that make a hissing sound when they rub against each other, “sort of like pulling Velcro apart,” Naskrecki said.

Sleep well everyone. I swear, theres are no spiders under your bed. Honest. Trust me, I’m a blogger.

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

24 responses to Image: Scientist Stumbles Upon A Puppy-Sized Spider

  1. KB723 October 19th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Careful what you wish for Anomaly100…… 😉

    • Anomaly 100 October 19th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      I’d never, ever wish for one of those. I’m not fond of spiders.

      • KB723 October 19th, 2014 at 11:08 pm

        Sorry to get back so late I was ranting in a new post, I think I feel better now, oh and I don’t care much for spiders either, but I do have a fondness for black emperor scorpions…. Anyways, please let me know what you make of this post, seems I needed to get a few things off my chest…

        • Anomaly 100 October 20th, 2014 at 6:35 am

          I didn’t even know about that. Wow!

          • KB723 October 20th, 2014 at 9:20 am

            Yeah, it’s sadly Amazing the news our corporate media keeps us from…

  2. William October 19th, 2014 at 9:01 pm


  3. tracey marie October 19th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    That is absolutely beautiful and terrifying at the same time. I have read and watched docs about them, very fasinating.

  4. tiredoftea October 19th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I think the extreme fringe right wing has found its 2016 Presidential candidate. Damn, it’s a foreigner!

    • Jack E Raynbeau October 19th, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      They do thrive on fear.

      • tiredoftea October 19th, 2014 at 11:46 pm

        Oh, yes.

  5. Scopedog October 19th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    The Giant Spider Invasion….

  6. Bunya October 19th, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    As long as this spider stays in South America, I’m a happy camper.

  7. Jack E Raynbeau October 19th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    OK, I’ll tell you anything you want to know. Just put that motherfucker back in the box.

  8. Spirit of America October 20th, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Would make for an interesting burglary deterrent…
    Sign reads w/picture:
    “My pets have free roam of this house…”

    • raincheck October 20th, 2014 at 6:48 am

      Especially if it were a “barking spider”

      • Spirit of America October 20th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

        lol, yea, or on the back of a snow-white shepard…

    • Gindy51 October 20th, 2014 at 7:29 am

      We had a pet Chilean pink tarantula and she was definitely a deterrent. When we had repair guys over, they’d make me lock her in the bathroom or they would not do any work. Big 200 pound guys scared of a 3 ounce spider in a locked glass cage. HA!

  9. raincheck October 20th, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Ever been camping and “thought” you felt a spider crawl across you?

    • John_St_John October 20th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Beats waking up to a snake sharing your sleeping bag with you.

  10. rg9rts October 20th, 2014 at 7:11 am

    And things that go bump in the night

  11. R.J. Carter October 20th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Call Hagrid! We found Aragog!

  12. annaaurora October 20th, 2014 at 12:23 pm


  13. Bunya October 20th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    This just in to the Fox News Network: Obama importing giant spiders from South America to eat republicans.

  14. Ayn Awnemus October 20th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    What the article doesn’t tell you is he took it out of the wild and brought it back to “deposit” it in a museum, which I assume means he killed it so it could be preserved on display. Pretty lame :/