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The Biggest Spiders in the World

The Biggest Spiders in the World

Want to know which is the largest spider in the world? Here’s a list of the biggest spiders in the world by leg span and size.

What is the Largest Spider in the World?

The Goliath Birdeater is the biggest spider in the world by mass and size, and The Giant huntsman is the largest spider in the world by diameter and has a leg span of 30 Centimeters. 

Goliath Birdeater

Size: 30 Centimeters.

The Goliath Birdeater lives in South America and belongs to the Tarantula family. It is native to northern South America, and currently holds the record as the largest spider in the world by mass and size.

Despite its name, it rarely eats birds although it does happen, and unlike other tarantula species, the females don’t consume their male counterpart when mating.

The Goliath Birdeater is known to have leg spans of up to 30 centimeters and body lengths of up to 11.9 centimeters. They can also weigh up to 175 gram. The fangs often measure 2–4 cm and can easily penetrate human skin. 

Goliath Birdeater

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The Giant huntsman

Size: 30 Centimeters.

The Giant Huntsman is the longest spider in the world with a typical leg span of up to 30 centimeters. They live in Laos and actively hunts down its prey. It’s an excellent hunter that primarily feeds on insects, critters, and small lizards. 

It belongs to the huntsman spider family, which can be found in several countries around the world. The Giant Huntsman is not really dangerous to humans, although its bite can be painful and cause infection. 

The Giant huntsman

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Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater

Size: 28 Centimeters.

The Brazilian Salmon pink birdeater is the third largest spider in the world and is also known as Lasiodora parahybana. It belongs to the tarantula family and can weigh over 100 grams and reach a leg span of 28 centimeters (11 inches).

They are very popular to have as pets and make up a large part of the illegal tarantula trade. The spider is endemic to Brazil and was first described in 1917.

Lasiodora parahybana

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Grammostola anthracina

Size: 25 Centimeters.

Grammastola anthracina is another giant spider found in South America, and just like the Salmon pink, it’s popular to have as a pet. The spider belongs to the tarantula family and is found in Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. 

Grammostola anthracina

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The Chaco golden-knee

Size: 20-22 Centimeters.

The Chaco golden-knee is yet another tarantula which is one of the largest spiders in the world. It can reach a size of 20-22 centimeters (8.5 inches) and is characterized by its large body.

The venom of the Chaco golden-knee isn’t dangerous to humans unless you’re allergic and can be compared to the sting of a wasp. They are primarily found in Paraguay and Argentina where they are living in the grasslands.

It’s a calm tarantula, which is unfortunately also an attractive exotic pet due to its docile attitude and majestic appearance.

One of the largest spiders in the world

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Colombian Giant tarantula

Size: 15-20 Centimeters.

The Colombian giant tarantula (Megaphobema robustum) is characterized by its reddish legs and aggressive attitude, and they can reach lengths of 15-20 centimeters, making it one of the biggest spiders in the world. 

They typically prey on mice, lizards and other larger insects. It is found in the tropical rainforests of Colombia, and have also been spotted in Brazil. 

Megaphobema robustum

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Poecilotheria rajaei

Size: 20 centimeters.

The Poecilotheria rajaei is native to Sri Lanka and India and was first discovered in 2009. It’s characterized by its grey pattern and color as well as the huge size with a typical leg span of up to 20 centimeters (8 inches). 

It’s known to inhabit old trees and buildings, and they naturally prey on lizards, rodents, and smaller birds. 

Poecilotheria rajaei

Photo: Ranil Nanayakkara / British Tarantula Society

King Baboon Spider

Size: Up to 20 Centimeters

The King Baboon Spider is the largest spider in Africa with a leg span that can grow up to 20 centimeters in length. They have a very strong venom and are known for being quite defensive when approached.

The King Baboon spider is a burrowing spider that typically preys on beetles and cockroaches as well as other spiders. Unlike other tarantulas, it doesn’t have urticating hairs.

King Baboon Spider

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Camel Spider

Size: 15 Centimeters

The Camel Spider belongs to the Solifugae family and is sometimes referred to as sun spiders or wind scorpions. They are primarily found in deserts all over the world, and there is a wide range of different species. 

The Camel Spider can reach a length of 15 centimeters. They aren’t posing any threat to humans, and they are particularly known for their ability to run fast with top speeds of up to 10 mph (16 km/h). 

Camel Spider

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Brazilian Wandering Spider

Size: Up to 15 Centimeters

The Brazilian Wandering Spider is the most venomous spider in the world, and it’s known for being aggressive as well. Despite its name, it actually lives in several countries in South America, and one species is found in the forests of Costa Rica as well.

Their venom could kill an adult human in less than 2-hours and usually have a leg span between 13-15 centimeters (5.9 inches). 

The Brazilian Wandering Spider is known to hide in banana bunches, which has given rise to its nickname as the “Banana Spider” and there have been several incidents where these spiders have been found in grocery stores around the world. 

Brazilian wandering spider

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Cerbalus Aravaensis

Size: Up to 14 Centimeters

The Cerbalus Aravaensis is another type of huntsman, and this particular species is found in the Arava Valley in Israel and Jordan. They are typically most active at night but you should probably watch out for these spiders even during the day.

The Cerbalus Aravaensis has a leg span of 14 centimeters and lives in the sand dunes in underground dens. The female spider usually has a body length from 2.20 to 2.65 centimeters, and the males have a body length of 1.85 to 2.40 centimeters.

Cerbalus Aravaensis

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More about the biggest spiders in the world

The largest spiders in the world can seem scary, but they’re excellent hunters that have important roles within their local ecosystems. Most of these giant spiders can be found in South America, Asia, and Africa.

Many of them can reach a size of up to 25 centimeters (10 inches) and most of the larger spiders are relatively harmless to humans. There are some exceptions though where a bite may need hospitalization, such as the bite of a Giant Huntsman spider or the Brazilian Wandering Spider as well as the King Baboon Spider. 

Unfortunately, several of these species are popular to have as pets, and while some of them are bred, there is also a huge black market where poachers catch the spiders in the wild and sell them as exotic pets.

Tarantulas are some of the most common types of spiders that are held as pets, and the illegal tarantula trade is worth billions of dollars. 

Giant spider

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What is the world’s biggest spider ever found?

The Goliath Birdeater is the largest spider ever found and it can weigh up to 170 grams and have a leg size of up to 30 centimeters.

The world's largest spider

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How big can spiders get?

Spiders can vary greatly in size and mass depending on the species.

Where does the largest spider live?

The largest spider in the world (Goliath Birdeater) live in South America. 

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