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The Giant Huntsman

Winning the title of largest spider by its legs, the Giant Huntsman is twelve inches (30 cm) in diameter, the size of a dinner plate, and was discovered in Laos in 2001.  This arachnid does not build a web. Stealthy and quick, it prefers to hunt for its prey and has been seen eating insects and small rodents.  Like many cave-dwelling spiders, the Giant Huntsman has a pale body, although its long legs are banded possibly due to its preference for living near the entrance of the caves it inhabits.  While its venom is not life-threatening to humans, its bite can cause painful swelling, nausea, vomiting and headaches.

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