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Pretty Good Thing I Don't Live In Sri Lanka

Posted By: Kyle West · 4/2/2013 10:17:00 PM

So usually bugs don't scare me.  At all.  However, I've never been a huge fan of spiders.  Especially ones AS BIG AS MY HEAD:


Scientists have found a new species of tarantula as large as the average human face.

Ranil Nanayakkara and his colleagues discovered Poecilotheria rajaei, a new species of tiger spider, in northern Sri Lanka. It was first noticed in 2009, when villagers brought a spider they had killed to researchers.

"Days of extensive searching in every tree hole and bark peel were rewarded with a female and to our satisfaction several juveniles too," Nanayakkara and his colleagues said in a study about the spiders published in the British Tarantula Society Journal.

P. rajaei was named after a police inspector, Puraja, who helped the researchers locate the spider.

Tiger spiders typically live in tree hollows, under rocks and, during monsoon season, in human dwellings that are close to forests. The Poecilotheria species exists only in India and Sri Lanka and is known for its colorful markings and remarkable speed – as well as its size.

Tiger spiders are large enough to eat birds, small snakes and mice and catch them using speed and potent venom, rather than webs.



Yikes!  I will scratch Sri Lanka off my future vacation destinations!

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