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Yer Friday nite frite: The giant Huntsman spider

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Aw, come on, you knew this was coming. If you fear spiders, why did you click?


giant huntsman was discovered in a cave in Laos in 2011 and with a leg span of up to 12 inches (30 centimeters), often described as being “the size of a dinner plate.” Only a few people in the world have seen this behemoth arachnid. This is the largest spider by diameter; the largest spider by weight is probably the goliath birdeater tarantula.

See also: Newly discovered Huntsman spiders.

Note: Yer news writer lives in a part of the world where very few spiders can ever be more than an inch big, and are rarely toxic, due to their tendency to freeze to death first.

Some may see that as a problem. Others view it as a solution. Discuss.

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