Attention arachniphobes: Colin Schultz has some bad news for you over at Smithsonian’s Smart News: This Giant New Tarantula Has an Eight-Inch Leg Span
Let’s design the world’s most terrifying spider, shall we?
First, we’ll get the basics down: the legs, the eyes, the fangs. Some spiders, like the giant huntsman, look scary but are basically harmless. We can’t have that. Our spider needs to be poisonous. Let’s make it super fast, too, able to dart around in and out of reach. It needs to have camouflage and a propensity for hiding in the world’s nooks and crannies, ready to jump out and scare the bejesus out of us. Now, we’re almost there, but we’re certainly missing something. Oh, I know, let’s make it the size of your face.
Say hello to Peocilotheria rajaei, Sri Lanka’s most recently discovered giant spider.
But don’t worry, it’s only like the second-biggest spider ever. Really, nature? Really?! We needed this?
(via Smart News)