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Do you like spiders? Now we have some new photos – and a video – of the largest spider we’ve ever seen. This spider had a 4 inch footprint and it’s body was shaped like a crab shell. It didn’t have the typical extended abdomen like every other spider we’ve seen.


Update (May 1, 2014): After closer examination of the photo, we noticed that this spider does, in fact, have an extended abdomen. It seems that the weird shaped head distracted us – at least that’s my argument…

When we poked it’s burrow with a stick, it came after it with two red fangs.  (You can see it in the video.) I should mention that after we filmed this short clip, we just left the spider alone.

We tried to find it online, but we didn’t see anything that came close. Do you know what kind of tarantula this is?

Update (May 1, 2014): This has been identified as a Wolf Spider by the experts at Large individuals may bite but they aren’t considered dangerous.

Our Very Own Red Fanged Spider (Video)

Closeup of the Tarantula (and his four eyes)


Spider with his Burrow in the Back

The burrow was about 4″ in diameter.

What is the largest tarantula you’ve ever seen? What’s your scariest (funniest) spider story?

Tarantulas in Cuenca Ecuador

When exploring options for moving abroad scary animals are often on the list of concerns. Some places have weird parasites that can enter your skin while swimming. Other places have poisonous snakes and other weird reptiles.

But what does Cuenca have?

So while Cuenca doesn’t have poisonous snakes or dangerous mammals it does have tarantulas. And you probably won’t see them unless you really look.


Sometimes in the early morning, you can see some dead ones on the road – ones squished unknowingly from the night before.

We had been here a full year before we saw our first live one – poor guy, he didn’t really have a chance. Dena saw him in the entrance and before he knew what hit him, his insides were outside…

Are Tarantulas Dangerous?

In Cuenca, not really. I did a little research and it seems that while some types of spiders can pack a punch, tarantulas are not deadly anywhere.

Here in Cuenca, they will bite and (I’m told) it is similar to a bee sting, although I’ve get to experience it. In fact, I haven’t talked to anyone who has been bitten. I think you would have to either stick your hand inside of their hole or be a small insect to be bothered by them.

The pictures were taken on the lawn of a friends place where he was getting married. After parking we noticed the hole in the ground and looked closer to see this guy still at home.

How Big Are The Tarantulas?

The photos are pretty deceiving. The actual size is about 2 inches in diameter. They look much less scary at this size.

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