Puppy-sized spider found in South America

GUYANA, SOUTH AMERICA — An entomologist, Piotr Naskrecki, found a giant spider roughly the size of a puppy while walking in the Guyana Forest in South America last month, KTLA Channel 5 reports.

The tarantula, the South American Goliath Birdeater, is the world’s largest spider, Naskrecki stated on his website. It weighs up to 6 ounces, and has 2-inch long fangs and a leg span that can reach up to a foot. The spiders grow this large because of their low metabolic rate.

It is also the only spider in the world that makes noise; its hard tips and claws make clicking sounds when it moves.

While the tarantula is capable of feeding on birds, Naskrecki said that they generally feed on earthworms or whatever is available. He also said on his website that the spiders can be bought in the U.S. or online for about $20 to $100 each.

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