40 Australian Creatures You Never Thought Existed

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Bird-Eating Spider (Phlogius crassipes)

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Also known as the barking spider, whistling spider, or Goliath, this nightmare fuel is Australia’s largest spider. It’s venomous fangs can grow up to 1cm in length and, as their name suggests, they make a whistling or barking sound if they are approached or feel threatened. Though a bite from one of these bad boys won’t kill you, it can cause up to six hours of vomiting. Its venom is toxic enough, however, to kill a dog or cat so keep your pets from digging in areas these spiders are known to burrow. They typically live underground in self-made dugouts that can be as large as 1m. Their diet includes small birds, amphibians and large insects. That’s a whole lotta nope for one spider.

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