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Goliath Encounter-Puppy Sized Spider Surprises Scientist in Rainforest

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posted on Oct, 18 2014 @ 10:44 PM
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This is kinda freaky, ATS. A scientist named Piotr Naskrecki is taking a nightime walk in the rainforest of Guyana whenhe comes across something crawling around in the grass. That something is a Goliath birdeater, a spioer whose legs can be as long as 1 foot. Yikes!




Known as the South American Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), the colossal arachnid is the world's largest spider, according to Guinness World Records. Itsleg span can reach up to a foot (30 centimeters), or about the size of "a child's forearm," with a body the size of "a large fist," Naskrecki told Live Science. And the spider can weigh more than 6 oz. (170 grams) — about as much as a young puppy, the scientist wrote on his blog. [See Photos of the Goliath Birdeater Spider]

Some sources say the giant huntsman spider, which has a larger leg span, is bigger than the birdeater. But the huntsman is much more delicate than the hefty birdeater — comparing the two would be "like comparing a giraffe to an elephant," Naskrecki said.


Just thought I pass this along...What does ATS say

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posted on Oct, 18 2014 @ 10:48 PM
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Already posted here and it is not "Puppysize" Hand in photo is far away and just makes it look big.



edit on 10/18/14 by proob4 because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 18 2014 @ 10:58 PM
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originally posted by: proob4
Already posted here and it is not "Puppysize" Hand in photo is far away and just makes it look big.




your link comes right back to this thread



posted on Oct, 19 2014 @ 12:06 AM
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If I saw that thing in the wild this would be a pretty accurate description of my response:




posted on Oct, 19 2014 @ 12:34 AM
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What an awesome pet. You thought people were scared of your doberman at the dog park? Just wait till I walk my pet spider named Rover!



posted on Oct, 19 2014 @ 12:56 AM
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Whats weird is that I saw this posted already once today too, but this seems to be a different thread and I can't find the old one. weird.


Idk I guess this is the thread, just weird it came up twice in the "new" section. Time Travel?

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posted on Oct, 19 2014 @ 12:59 AM
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originally posted by: SpaDe_
If I saw that thing in the wild this would be a pretty accurate description of my response:





HAHAHA yep, about sums it up for me, as well!



posted on Oct, 19 2014 @ 01:06 AM
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something fishy going on here, google says this thread is 23 hours old, but the time stamp is today at 8:44.
I just think this is a weird discrepancy, why would it be 23 hours old if it was posted hours ago. And I remember the
thread from like way earlier.

Damnit Alex Sadler!!

But uh, ya, big spider so uh look out.



posted on Oct, 19 2014 @ 03:19 AM
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Ya mean this thread

Oh, and for future reference. Always check the source people!



Still think it ain't puppy sized?
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posted on Oct, 19 2014 @ 07:21 AM
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a reply to: Thorneblood

Bludy el.... that thing is huge!

If I saw that while out for a walk, I'm running in the opposite direction.




posted on Oct, 19 2014 @ 10:19 AM
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originally posted by: TruthxIsxInxThexMist
a reply to: Thorneblood

Bludy el.... that thing is huge!

If I saw that while out for a walk, I'm running in the opposite direction.




Me too!



posted on Oct, 19 2014 @ 02:43 PM
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a reply to: lostbook

That just excites them.
We must sacrifice animals and virgins to our new 8 legged god.



posted on Oct, 19 2014 @ 02:49 PM
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Obviously has a good food supply to get that big.



posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 04:04 AM
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I should know better than to click onto threads like this...

Even without pictures, this arachnophobe arm hair is standing on end at the very notion of a spider that big...

If I encountered something like that I'd pass out, and probably get eaten. Just about the most horrible way to go that I'm capable of imagining...




posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 09:59 AM
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originally posted by: seagull
I should know better than to click onto threads like this...

Even without pictures, this arachnophobe arm hair is standing on end at the very notion of a spider that big...

If I encountered something like that I'd pass out, and probably get eaten. Just about the most horrible way to go that I'm capable of imagining...



Amen to THAT. I'm going to quiver and twitch all day now...



posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 10:06 AM
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a reply to: Thorneblood

Can't help but wonder how long it takes to grow to this size.

Could make for a new food source. Let it clean up a bunch of mice and then chow down.

Don't laugh, have you ever taken a good look at those crabs very one loves so much?



posted on Dec, 26 2014 @ 05:18 PM
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a reply to: lostbook

EWW EWW EWW EWW EWW!

Nasty-looking thing! Spiders that big, though......I can see in a rainforest. Try one that size, give or take, in FLORIDA! Saw one, about 10 or so inches across. Looked like a wolf spider, NOT a tarantula, too. My oldest lived in a place for a while, in Land O' Lakes, that was simply infested with wolf spiders, and some were BIG. Well, they seemed big till I saw this one. She'd been telling me she had a huge one there, but thought she was exaggerating. Then I saw one about 5-6 inches, and said, "Oh, that's your big one!" "No, that's not it.", she responds. Then we heard rustling in a corner, where some cardboard boxes were stacked, and up the wall the monster came! I about died right there. I actually hit that sucker with the end of a two-by-four, dead on (thrown), and hard, judging from the noise. Was it hurt? NO! The nasty thing reared up and actually made a chittering sound at us! NEVER heard of a spider making noise, but this one did. We left. So, I can believe the "monster spider" stories, especially with ones like the Goliath known to exist! If they can be that big, so can others.



posted on Dec, 26 2014 @ 05:29 PM
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Thats cool!!!






Bird eater or mostly harmless?

Despite its name, the birdeater doesn’t usually eat birds, although it is certainly capable of killing small mammals. “They will essentially attack anything that they encounter,” Naskrecki said.

The spider hunts in leaf litter on the ground at night, so the chances of it encountering a bird are very small, he said. However, if it found a nest, it could easily kill the parents and the chicks, he said, adding that the spider species has also been known to puncture and drink bird eggs.

The spider will eat frogs and insects, but its main prey is actually earthworms, which come out at night when it’s humid. “Earthworms are very nutritious,” Naskrecki said.

Birdeaters are not very common spiders. “I’ve been working in the tropics in South America for many, many years, and in the last 10 to 15 years, I only ran across the spider three times,” Naskrecki.

After catching the specimen he found in Guyana, which was female, Naskrecki took her back to his lab to study. She’s now deposited in a museum.

Naskrecki didn’t specify whether the spider was kept alive or not, only that she “remains in Guyana where she was collected, where she serves the purpose of training and educatiing conservation biologists, including members of native indian communities in the country.” He plans to address questions about the spider in a post on his blog.
www.thecollectiveint.com...



posted on Dec, 26 2014 @ 06:34 PM
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originally posted by: proob4
Already posted here and it is not "Puppysize" Hand in photo is far away and just makes it look big.






that would depend on if we are talking jack Russel puppy size or bull mastiff puppy size .....

to the OP i have no trouble believing there are massive spiders out there and now i have seen that pic thornblood posted i will have to take a shotgun with me if i venture into the rainforest



posted on Dec, 26 2014 @ 06:37 PM
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HA....I've held one of these critters, or at least a close family member with a 12inch leg span...

I did it because I was afraid to do so.

Now, I'd not even think twice. Been there, done it. Do NOT need to do it again




-NF




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