People afraid of spiders most likely had a creepy spider nightmare once in their life. That could be thousands of leggy arachno crawling or a haunting hideous spider in their dream. Well, this could be bad news for arachnophobes: a massive spider as big as a puppy was found in South America. Meaning, a nightmare, come true.
A spider bigger than a human hand could stagger anyone (c) Piotr Naskrecki
Photographer Piotr Naskrecki risked his life, or at least his wellness, to take evidences proving this kind of spider is true. He claimed the pictures he got weren't edited nor photoshopped.
The spider was spotted in Guyana, a South American country between Venezuela and Suriname. Naskrecki actually found it by accident, and just noticed it while passing through a forest. Initially thinking the insect was a possum or some small mammal, he was shocked when he realized it's a gigantic spider!
The spider is a Goliath bird eater. Not sure who gave the spider its name, but surely he's an outside of the box thinker. Goliath bird eater hunts on the ground, meaning, it has minimal chance to meet birds in its life.
Even spiderman got scared
Goliath bird eaters feed on earthworms and smaller insects. Sometimes it also eats small rodents, snakes, or frogs if available. Gladly for people who has arachnophobia, this humongous spider doesn't eat humans, but may harm a person when disturbed.
Goliath bird eater's legs can measure up to 11 inches. Its body can be about the size of an adult’s fist, which overall can weigh up to 6 ounces. Seems like too much to look at.
Goliath showing off its fangs as sign of self-defense (c) Piotr Naskrecki
The time Naskrecki took photos of the Goliath, he threatened the spider that made it rub its serrated hairy legs together for self-defense. The rubbing released hairs into the air that irritated Naskrecki 's eyes. The spider's hairs left his eyes sore and watery for days.
Goliath's rubbing of legs also produces a hissing sound, which can be heard from 15 feet away. The spider is also extremely heavy that its footsteps make tiny horse hooves as they pound on the ground. Can this more be spine-tingling?
Read more about Naskrecki face to face encounter with the world's most massive spider on his blog
. Spook yourself and let the Goliath bird eater haunt you in your dreams.