April 4, 2013
NOTE: The spider photo below is not to scale.
It's actually considerably bigger than that.
A face-sized tarantula has been discovered in Sri Lanka, and a photo of the eight-legged giant has since gone viral. It's ... not a small creature. Or un-scary.
The photo of the huge spider was shared by Wired on April 2, shocking readers and being shared across the Internet. And it is surprisingly real.
The newly discovered "face-sized" tarantulas were reportedly found living in trees in Sri Lanka, the only place on Earth they are known to exist.
Scientists have already commented that the giant spiders' habitat is likely old trees, however, they may have recently been found in other places too.
The face-sized tarantula has been named "Poecilotheria rajaei."
Tarantulas comprise a group of often hairy, very large arachnids belonging to the Theraphosidae family of spiders, of which about 900 species are known.
Despite tarantulas often sparking fear into those with a adverse reaction to spiders, in fact most species of tarantulas are not dangerous to humans.
Next flight to Sri Lanka, anyone? Who's with us.
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