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Arachnophobes look away!** It’s time to talk about some giant spiders. First up, we have the Goliath birdeater, which is the largest spider in the world by body length and mass. But don’t worry, it doesn’t eat only birds. It also eats insects, eggs, small rodents, and the occasional small bird. The Goliath birdeater lives in northern South America and can grow to be about 12 centimeters in diameter and have a leg span of 28 centimeters. These arachnids have varying lifespans depending on sex: the females can live up to 20 years, while the males often die after mating and have a lifespan of between 3-6 years. These hairy brown and black tarantulas possess fangs and venom, but it’s not fatal to humans. They can also produce noise by rubbing together bristles on their front legs. In some parts of South America, the birdeater is considered a delicacy. The hairs are carefully singed away and the spider is roasted in banana leaves before being eaten. And now for the world’s largest spider by leg span, the giant huntsman spider. This guy has a leg span of 30 centimeters and was first discovered in a cave in Laos in 2001. These spiders are often mistaken for tarantulas, but they are actually in the family Sparassidae. Giant huntsmen are also extraordinarily fast, able to move nearly a meter per second when chasing their prey. They have a much flatter body plan than the Goliath, making them able to hide in tree bark and crevices much more easily. These two bemouths of the arachnid world are incredibly impressive, not just for their size but for their adaptations to the complex environments in which they live.