Giant Huntsman spider--largest spider in the world by leg-span.  It was discovered in a cave in Laos in 2001.

Giant Huntsman spider--largest spider in the world by leg-span. It was discovered in a cave in Laos in 2001.

The colossal creepy crawly is bound to look like a waking nightmare to anyone with a fear of spiders

The colossal creepy crawly is bound to look like a waking nightmare to anyone with a fear of spiders

Giant Spider! World's Biggest Spider Giant Huntsman Spider.  (DON'T WATCH THIS!!!  I MEAN IT!  IT WILL FREAK YOU OUT AND YOU MAY NEVER BEAD ANOTHER SPIDER AGAIN!)

Giant Spider! World's Biggest Spider Giant Huntsman Spider. (DON'T WATCH THIS!!! I MEAN IT! IT WILL FREAK YOU OUT AND YOU MAY NEVER BEAD ANOTHER SPIDER AGAIN!)

Some sources say the giant huntsman spider, due to its sprawling leg span, is bigger than the Goliath birdeater. The huntsman's legs, rather than bending vertically relative to the body, have twisted joints that allow the legs to spread out forward and laterally sort of like a crab, according to the Australian Museum.

Some sources say the giant huntsman spider, due to its sprawling leg span, is bigger than the Goliath birdeater. The huntsman's legs, rather than bending vertically relative to the body, have twisted joints that allow the legs to spread out forward and laterally sort of like a crab, according to the Australian Museum.

.Huntsman on broom in Queensland. NO harm to humans though. Never grow this large. Just scary!

.Huntsman on broom in Queensland. NO harm to humans though. Never grow this large. Just scary!

✶ The giant huntsman spider is the largest spider in the world by leg-span (although there is another that is larger by mass). Its leg-span is twelve inches, which you may know as “a foot.” The giant huntsman spider is a scamp who’s constantly getting into adorable hijinks [NOT Photo shopped] ✶

✶ The giant huntsman spider is the largest spider in the world by leg-span (although there is another that is larger by mass). Its leg-span is twelve inches, which you may know as “a foot.” The giant huntsman spider is a scamp who’s constantly getting into adorable hijinks [NOT Photo shopped] ✶

Etymologist Piotr Naskrecki studies katydids, a type of insect related to crickets. He walks alone and at night into the depths of South American rainforests as part of his research. He walks carefully through the forest, taking pains not to disturb anyone or anything he comes across, and listens for the faint trill of the insect's wings.  A few years ago, while studying in Guyana, Naskrecki and immersed in his ritual, Naskrecki heard a sound of heavy feet rustling nearby. As he ...

Etymologist Piotr Naskrecki studies katydids, a type of insect related to crickets. He walks alone and at night into the depths of South American rainforests as part of his research. He walks carefully through the forest, taking pains not to disturb anyone or anything he comes across, and listens for the faint trill of the insect's wings. A few years ago, while studying in Guyana, Naskrecki and immersed in his ritual, Naskrecki heard a sound of heavy feet rustling nearby. As he ...

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