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Giant funnel-web spider is twice average size

By T.K. Randall
February 6, 2020 · Comment icon 12 comments

It's bad news for arachnophobes. Image Credit: Samantha Villagran /
A gargantuan funnel-web spider that is double the normal size for its species has been discovered in Australia.
Named 'The Rock' after wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson, the enormous arachnid was discovered wandering around a suburb on the coast of New South Wales.

Fortunately it was quickly picked up and taken to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle before being transported to the Australian Reptile Park where it will become part of a special 'milking' program that collects venom for use in the development of treatments for spider bites.
Funnel-webs are often considered to be one of the most dangerous species of spider in the world as they are capable of delivering a very nasty bite that has the potential to prove deadly.

Researchers believe that this particular specimen managed to reach its colossal size due to a period of very wet weather followed by intense heat - the perfect combination for funnel-web spiders.

Worryingly, this could also mean that there are other mammoth specimens still out there.

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 5 years ago
Personally, I'm eternally grateful nature has set a hard limit on how big insects and arachnids can get on earth and still survive. If spiders could grow to the size of dogs (or horses!), we'd all actually need assault rifles.
Comment icon #4 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
Why? You do not shoot dogs or horse - do you? 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Not Your Huckleberry 5 years ago
Beautiful, but still nothing compared to a few of these I kept. They're some of my favorites! They're... Tenacious.  Macrothele gigas, can grow to 6“. The thing is, noone has really studied their venom, so we technically don't know how toxic they are to humans. The general advice is simply 'don't get bitten'.    And a girl who realizes you have all that and isn't totally freaked out is a special kinda gal. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Seti42 5 years ago
You're being an idiot. Dogs and horses pose little danger. Giant sci-fi/fantasy style spiders, on the other hand, would be an extreme danger to the human race and most other terrestrial animals if they existed.
Comment icon #7 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz 5 years ago
Australia the land where the spiders are so big they have health bars. Still remember that huge huntsman i saw there  ( shivers) 
Comment icon #8 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz 5 years ago
Beer holder
Comment icon #9 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
In their own environment they have a right to live. Just do not build a house there! There are wild dogs which are in their own environment, They are a threat as much as humans. Ofcourse we have to protect ourselves and our livestock, but some humans are too ready to get their guns out. There is no need to just shoot everything which could be a threat to us when we decide we want to live on their land.  Thankfully the spider has not been shot and can be useful  
Comment icon #10 Posted by fred_mc 5 years ago
Poor Australians, as if massive forest fires weren't enough.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Matt221 5 years ago
pretty cool i like to see spiders around our house and garden the closest we get here is false widows i got bitten by one a while ago and it actually drew blood but that was when i was healthy and not on loads of heart pills and blood thinners i don't fancy gettin bitten now just in case ....... i must add my wifey dosn't share my love of arachnids not even big old house spiders 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Amanda Evans 5 years ago
Visit Australia they say...

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