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Posted by Trini Kid - - 1 comments

Greetings Travellers!! Does Spiders make your blood crawl? Well if it does then I don't think you should be booking a flight to Sri Lanka anytime soon. Because according to reports from MSN NEWS, a new species of Tarantula has been discovered and it's as large as a human face. Now try to imagine that for a second then continue reading.

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.


While examining the spider, the researchers noticed it didn't look quite like any of the other tiger spiders known to live in Sri Lanka because of its markings and "other significant differences." After further study, they were able to establish it as a new species.


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.

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

Several species of Poecilotheria are endangered due to loss of habitat.

Thank goodness that type of spider isn't anywhere near my habitat because I would have been living in fear daily. Imagine waking up and seeing one of those sleeping on your bed or using your toilet or even wrapped around your face... Some scary stuff there. But this spider doesn't change the fact that my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.

One Response so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    i dont want to live on this planet anymore