Spiders: not everybody is afraid of them. In reality, some men and women in fact like to get up close and measure our eight-legged good friends to locate out which is the largest spider in the globe. In some instances, this can be particularly brave, with some relatively venomous species with extremely sharp teeth (that do not like becoming poked and prodded) creating it onto this list.

We would like to point out, nevertheless, that most of these spiders are not the sort you see on your bedroom wall at evening, so please do not be concerned about finding a major bird-consuming home guest.

As your mother often says, they are a lot more afraid of you than you are of them.

ten. The hunting spider that lives in the sand – Cerbalus aravaensis

A sand-dwelling huntsman spider (Cerbalus aravaensis), photographed at Sands of Samar, Israel. Photo: Mickey Samuni-Blank

This hunting spider is identified in the sand dunes of southern Israel and Jordan, and an adult can have a leg span of up to 14 cm. It is a nocturnal species that lives in an underground burrow, hidden from predators.

9. Brazilian wandering spider – Phoneutria fera

wandering spider (Phoneutria fera) photographed in the Peruvian jungle. These spiders are believed to have one particular of the strongest venoms amongst spiders. Photo: Alamy

This hugely venomous species spends a great deal of its early years hidden in vegetation, but likes to crawl on the ground when it gets major adequate. The legs of a wandering spider can also develop up to 15 cm, so it must be relatively effortless to spot an adult in daylight.

eight. Camel Spider – Solifugae

camel spider (Solifugae), photographed in Panna, Madhya Pradesh, India. Photo by Getty Pictures

The camel spider is not strictly a spider at all, as it does not spin a net. Nor is it technically a scorpion, as it does not have a tail aspect on its physique. But it is an arachnid with eight legs, and these legs can attain up to 15 cm.

7. Colombian giant tarantula – Megaphobema robustum

Colombian giant red-legged spider (Megaphobema robustum), photographed in Colombia. Photo: Jorge Garcia/VV PICS/Universal Pictures Group/Getty Pictures

As spiders get larger, they also have a tendency to get furry. This aptly named ‘red-legged’ spider is a handsome creature, with gorgeous markings. They feed on substantial insects and compact mice, and reside in the tropical rain forests of South America. While they are really substantial (with a leg span of up to 16 cm), they are shy and defensive in nature.

six. Tarantula the size of a face – Poecilotheria rajaei

A not too long ago found face-sized tarantula (Poecilotheria rajaei), a species native to Sri Lanka and India. Photo by Ranil Nanaiakkara/British Tarantula Society

As this tarantula’s name suggests, its 20 cm leg span is substantial adequate to cover the complete human face. Why you would let this get so close to you is anybody’s guess. It was very first classified in 2012 and has adequate venom to kill compact rodents and lizards.

five. Golden-kneed Chaco tarantula – Grammostola pulchripes

Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula (Grammostola pulchripes) rests on a log. Photo by Getty Pictures

The attractive golden knee tarantula lives up to its name, with attractive markings on its limbs. The span of the spider’s legs can attain 17 to 20 cm, and it is equipped with substantial fangs. On the other hand, this is a further species that is well-known as a pet, due to its peaceful nature.

four. Brazilian giant yellow-red tarantula – Grammostola anthracina

Brazilian giant yellow-red tarantula (Grammostola anthracina) walking on the ground. Photo by Shutterstock

Inhabiting substantial places of South America, the giant dark brown red tarantula is believed to be one particular of the longest-lived tarantulas, with some reported to reside up to 20 years. With a leg span of up to 23 cm, it is also one particular of the bigger species.

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three. Brazilian bird-consuming tarantula – Lasiodora parahibana

Close-up of a male salmon pink spider eater (Lasiodora parahibana). Photo by George Chernilevski

This species is really docile, which is why it is well-known as a pet. It will only provide a nasty bite if provoked, and even that is not hazardous to humans. Males typically have longer legs, and their span can attain up to 28 cm.

two. Goliath bird-consuming tarantula – Theraphosa blondi

Image of a bird-consuming goliath spider (Theraphosa blondi). Photo by Didier Descuens

Regardless of its fearsome name, this species of spider hardly ever hunts or feeds on birds. What is scary is the leg span of up to 28 cm. As opposed to a lot of other spiders and tarantulas, females do not consume males for the duration of mating.

1. Giant Spider Hunter – Heteropoda maca

Giant Spider Hunter (Heteropoda maca) photographed inside a cave in Nong Ping, Laos. Photo: Alamy

The biggest spider on our list, the giant hunter can have a leg span of up to 30 cm. The species is mostly identified in Laos, and is believed to reside largely in caves.

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