“‘When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing,” said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology”
"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."
“‘Known as the South American Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), the colossal arachnid is the world’s largest spider, according to Guinness World Records. Its leg span can reach up to a foot (30 centimeters), or about the size of ‘a child’s forearm,’ with a body the size of ‘a large fist,’ Naskrecki told Live Science. And the spider can weigh more than 6 oz. (170 grams)”
Motherfuckers thought this shit was cute??
"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.”
"Yet despite all that, the spider doesn’t pose a threat to humans. Even if it bites you, “a chicken can probably do more damage,” Naskrecki said.”
NAWWWW I don’t believe that shit
"Despite its name, the birdeater doesn’t usually eat birds, although it is certainly capable of killing small mammals. ‘They will essentially attack anything that they encounter,’ Naskrecki said.”
Believe that though
"Birdeaters are not very common spiders. ‘I’ve been working in the tropics in South America for many, many years, and in the last 10 to 15 years, I only ran across the spider three times,’ Naskrecki."
Go to bed, and wake up, at 5 AM, to this shit being on my homepage news?
Hello nope; I’m going back to bed. Ignorance is bliss. I hate spiders, and this is some Hagrid-Aragog shit; there has to be a cavern of these things somewhere.
I see a wolfspider, or even a daddy-long-leg, or a tiny moth and freak out, and I will run for higher ground.
Apparently a Huntsman-Spider is “more delicate” than this thing, and I was already gonna stay like 500 miles away from Australia- doing nothing but narrowing down the continents I want to visit