Facehugger: New Tarantula The Size Of A Human Face

April 4, 2013


This is a new species of tarantula recently discovered in Sri Lanka that's the size of a human face. For reference, close your eyes and imagine one with its abdomen resting on your lips. Can you feel its legs tickling behind your ears? No need to thank me.

They prefer well-established old trees, but due to deforestation the number have dwindled and due to lack of suitable habitat they enter old buildings."

The website described the tarantula as "colourful, fast and venomous".

The species is said to be related to a class of South American tarantula that includes the Goliath bird-eater, one of the world's largest spiders.

In other reports Mr Nanayakkara is quoted as saying none of the tarantulas found in Sri Lanka have bites that are deadly to humans. However, the Poecilotheria rajaei would be able to kill animals as large as mice, lizards and small birds and snakes.

I say we start an online petition to name the new species the Facehugger. As a matter of fact, we should get on that right now. Are you as excited as I am? This might very well be the most important thing we ever do with our lives!

Hit the jump for several more shots.




Thanks to ChaosLex, who clearly doesn't care if you sleep at night or not.

  • Jason Lau

    I was really hoping to see it next to someone's face for a visual comparison.

  • Grace Washington

    That is the most creepiest, ugliest, most horrific spider I have ever seen. AND ITS HUGE!

  • Samael Cahill

    Its an amazing creature! An Ornimental.

  • Will

    Noooo....God no... Why do people keep finding these things?!

  • Better you find it first before it finds you.

  • ForestSilverwood
  • Matticus Morgan

    thanks for the nightmares tonight GW

  • Bradley Cummings

    That isn't related (except VERY distantly) to the "Goliath Bird Eater"... that's a Poecilatharia much closer related to the "Indian Ornamental" spider (which also has those yellow markings under it's legs).

  • Max Baldwin

    We should start serving this at restaurants before it tries to do that same to us

  • Jonathan Trovillion-Griffin

    dear nature kindly fuck off

  • Kelly Albert

    If you think Billy`s story is unimaginable,, 3 weaks-ago my friends sister also made $4214 working a fourteen hour week from there apartment and there best friend's mother-in-law`s neighbour has been doing this for 8-months and easily made more than $4214 part-time on there labtop. follow the information here, . http://www.GoogleProjectsGe...

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Fucking billy and his lying bastard ass...

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