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.

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