Top 10 Biggest Spiders
If you travel to the sand dunes of the Arava Valley of Israel and Jordan, watch for the Cerbalus aravaensis spider. This spider is hard to miss.
Brazilian wandering spider, also called the armed spiders or banana spiders, has a 5.9-inch leg span. The Guinness Book of World Records has classified this arthropod as one of the most venomous.
Camel Spider – 6-inch Leg Span. The light tan camel spider has about a 6-inch leg span. It is one of the fastest spiders as it often moves at speeds approaching 10 miles per hour.
Columbian giant redleg spider has about a 7-inch leg span. This spider lives in Colombia and parts of Brazil. It has bright reddish-orange hairs on its legs.
Hercules Baboon Spider – 7.9-inch Leg Span. Biologists have only found the Hercules baboon spider one time, but they collected it in Nigeria over 100 years ago.
Face-size Tarantula – 8-inch Leg Span. This spider found in Sri Lanka and India lives in old buildings and decaying wood.
Brazilian giant tawny red tarantula lives in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina. The fourth leg on this brown spider can be up to 2.3-inches long while its whole body is only 2.5 inches long.
Brazilian salmon pink birdeater spider has a 10-inch leg span. As the name suggests, this spider lives in Brazil, but you may also see it in Argentina and Paraguay.
The goliath bird-eating spider has an 11-inch leg span. Scientists discovered the first one in 1804. This brown-to-light-brown arthropod lives in Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, Venezuela, and Brazil
The biggest spider in the world is the giant huntsman spider as it has a leg span of 12 inches. It does not build a spiderweb to catch its prey. Instead, it hunts its prey down.