posted on Aug, 7 2012 @ 03:01 AM
Originally posted by vietmanx
reply to post by Tribble
The biggest spiders on record have a 12 inch leg span. Yet you have stumbled upon a spider that measures half a foot larger? I had a cabin in that
area. I spent every summer there as a kid hiking around and exploring the area, I never saw a spider larger than my fingers. Keep in mind I had
smaller hands back then. In short, I doubt the spider you saw was that large.
Also, the current "spiders" we think of could not get to be 4-5 feet because of their respiratory systems are inefficient. They have book lungs,
tracheal systems, spiracles, and hemocyanin. Not as efficient as our mode of respiration. To those who say the rainforest has more O2, WALLACE S.
BROECKER, Ph.D., Newberry Professor of Geology at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, states that "ants, termites, bacteria, and fungi eat
nearly the entire photosynthetic O2 product."
"I think they could find a 3 to 5 foot spider in the Congo only because of my experience at the Mokelumne River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Hiking along the river with my German Sheppard, who would bark when he found a (spider or tarantula) I don't know. They were 15 to 18 inches wide.
When alerted by my dog I would get a piece of shale and smash these spiders as to continue on the path. They were black and had legs a half inch wide.
They were very aggressive and as I was about to throw a slab of shale on one, it jumped from 4 to 6 feet away and landed on my chest. I didn't get
bit but at that point I turned back.
So my point is if they could evolve to that size in an average wooded area in California, I think the Congo could produce larger ones"
I was checking my year old inbox and found your reply- your one and only reply!
You are vastly more knowledgeable than I am about spiders, so...
Seems like I need to go back there/ or you could float down to the area, and take pics. and or bring one back.
My brother witnessed these spiders and would be my only witness. They were larger than a paper plate as they stood, and could jump chest high.
It has been 35 years now- I'm sure they're still there.
If your still around ATS I could tell exactly where they are.