Most people fear spiders to some extent, or at least that is what reading internet comments has us believe. Although a majority of all spiders avoid human beings as much as possible, some people get squeamish just at the sight of them. While arachnophobia is a real and quite serious phobia that almost 8% of people suffer from to some extent, there are also plenty of rational reasons to fear at least some of the spiders out there. For instance, it is quite expected to get a bit nervous should you ever find yourself near the biggest spider in the world for some reason. Speaking of which, what exactly are the world’s biggest spiders and how do they look like? Well, let’s find out!
9Golden Silk Orb-weaver
Also known by its scientific name Nephilia edulis, the Golden Silk Orb-weaver is one of the oldest species of spiders currently in existence. Its distant relatives have roamed the Earth more than 165 million years ago, although the Golden Silk Orb-weaver is a bit smaller than its ancestors. Reddish or greenish-yellow in color, this spider can grow around 6 inches in length, including their legs of course. Preferring warm climates, the Golden Silk Orb-weaver can be found in Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Americas.