Who’s going to report a spider with a leg span of 4-5 feet long? Many wouldn’t for fear of ridicule. Yet several such reports exist.
This episode of Monster Quest tracks down reports from a remote Native American tribe in the Venezuelan Amazon of a huge spider which took down and ate a dog – and of numerous reports coming from Iraq of the dread Camel Spider, which feasts on dead animals – including humans, with chilling reports from US soldiers
The fossil record shows that some arachnids once grew to have an 8-foot leg span.