The first and only time I ever saw one was in the woods and I wanted to run away as fast as I could. But, and being an artist, I just had to stop and take a photo so I could go home and sketch it. That was in 2006.
Visualize this spider sitting on the palm of your hand and covering your whole hand! It’s huge.
They eat ground insects and their bite is venomous but the most interesting thing is how they raise their young. She spins an orb for the eggs and attaches it to her abdomen and when the babies are born she carries them on her abdomen.
Did I mention how huge this spider is?