As well as being one of the largest and heaviest spiders in the world, the Hercules baboon spider is also the rarest, with only one specimen having ever been discovered – and that was way back in 1900.
How big can it get?
Its actual size is all but impossible to determine due to its scarcity. Rumours that it can reach sizes bigger than even the Goliath bird eating tarantula though have been debunked following a study carried out by the Natural History Museum in London. Still, the Hercules baboon spider is more than an imposing sight.
What does it eat?
Like other baboon spiders, this Nigerian native most likely dines on bugs, insects and other smaller spiders.
How does it hunt?
It is likely that Hercules leaves its deep and dark silk-lined burrow after nightfall and forages on forest floors in search of its dinner. It uses strong jaws and venom to halt its prey, much like most spiders in the tarantula family.
How dangerous is it?
Its venom is not nearly strong enough to hurt a human, unless infection is allowed to spread. Instead, its bite is more likely to lead to a little discomfort.
How many are left?
Nobody has seen this old world spider since 1900 so it may already be extinct. Alternatively, it may be living the life of Riley underground, far away from human interaction.
Due to its rarity, it is one of the most highly sought out arachnids, especially in the pet trade. It is widely regarded that most of the specimens sold as Hercules baboon spiders are actually the smaller king baboon spider