View Full Version : An Australian Rescued This Giant Spider From a Flood, The 'Net Will Have None Of It

03-12-2018, 08:32 PM
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An Australian Rescued This Giant Spider From a Flood, And The Internet Is Having None of It (ARTICLE LINK) (https://www.sciencealert.com/an-australian-rescued-this-absolutely-giant-spider-from-flood-waters-and-the-internet-is-having-none-of-it)

For the past day, people around the world - at least the ones who can get past a certain spider video without screaming "Kill it with fire!" - have been engaged in a rigorous debate about whether Andrea Gofton is one of the most compassionate Australians on her continent or simply insane.

This month, her community has endured its worst flooding in almost a decade - nearly 20 inches since March 1.

Homes and roads are flooded; students on a field trip to Echo Creek Adventure Park got more creek and more adventure than they were expecting; and towns have been declared a "disaster area".

Still, all things considered, the waterlogged population has escaped mostly unscathed.

At least the humans. It is a tough time to be an air-breathing animal in northeastern Australia. Dens and burrows are flooded.

Food sources are underwater, and water-adept predators, particularly crocodiles, sharks and snakes, are riding newly created waterways in search of unsuspecting prey.

But Gofton's ethical dilemma came in the form of a not-so-tiny spider found clinging precariously to a tree branch: a giant Australian tarantula called the bird-eating spider.

But there are some things about the spider Gofton encountered that people need to know before deciding to reject the offer from #TeamKillItWithFire.

It is huge: The spider can grow to be the size of a man's hand, a two-inch body with six-inch legs. That is bigger than some chihuahuas.

It has giant, venomous fangs. The tarantula's fangs are nearly half an inch long, about a sixth the size of its body.

The Queensland Museum says that the tarantulas "can be quite aggressive if mishandled" and that the bite is "quickly fatal to dogs and cats" but rarely causes serious illness in humans.

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Art Haberland
03-12-2018, 08:59 PM
at least it was not an orb weaver

Wet Feet
03-12-2018, 10:37 PM
It`s not all that big really .....

Old Dryfoot
03-12-2018, 11:19 PM
Is this another introduced species?

The only bird eating tarantula I know of is the Goliath Bird Eater, which is from South America.


Old Dryfoot
03-12-2018, 11:33 PM
Ok, you have Phlogius crassipes, a tarantula, but not the Theraphosa blondi, which is the Goliath.