Puppy-sized Goliath Spider Found in South America-Truth!

Puppy-sized Goliath Spider Found in South America-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:
Reports alleged that a “goliath spider” the size of a small dog was found in the rainforests of South America.

The Truth:
Reports of a puppy-sized spider found in South America are true.

Piotr Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University, found and photographed the colossus spider called a Goliath birdeater. Naskrecki posted his finding on his blog, which quickly drew more than 120,000 hits a day.

“Because of its gargantuan size, the Goliath birdeater is probably the only spider in the world that makes noise as it walks,” Naskrecki said. “Its feet have hardened tips and claws that produce a very distinct clicking sound not unlike that of a horse’s hooves hitting the ground.”

The Guinness World Book of Records says the Goliath birdeater is the largest known spider in the world, but they’re not the most deadly. Goliath birdeaters have two venomous fangs, but they’re not deadly to humans. Their primary defense is to rub their legs against their abdomen “sending out a cloud of hairs with microscopic barbs on them,” Naskrecki said.

An while the Goliath birdeater is capable of eating birds, Naskrecki said it’s uncommon because they forage for their food on the rainforest floor.

Click here to see a video of the Goliath birdeater

Posted 10/21/14