ArachNOPEphobia: Harvard Scientist Finds A Spider The Size Of A Puppy

Kevin Bostic - Author

Oct. 18 2014, Updated 10:26 a.m. ET

Forget the spider dog prank, this is an actual spider the size of a puppy! The South American Goliath birdeater may be the worst thing that exists: a spider so big you’d probably just want to hand it your wallet and run if you ever crossed paths with it.

Sure, the notion of a spider crawling up under your skin is pretty freaky, but it turns out that spiders don’t really do that. What some spiders actually do, though, is grow to the size of dinner plates and run around hissing and biting things.

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Piotr Naskrecki came across this massive beastie earlier while trekking through the rainforest in Guyana. [Hat-Tip: Gizmodo India. Pro-Tip: Don’t go to Guyana.] According to Naskrecki, he walks slowly through the jungle, so as not to disturb anything, “listening to the sounds of the night in a complete darkness.”

“I heard the rustle of an animal running,” Nasrecki writes. “I could hear its hard feet hitting the ground and dry leaves crumbling under its weight.”

When he flicked on his flashlight, this is what greeted him.


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