A scientist trekking through the Amazon rainforest made a goliath discovery when he stumbled on a spider ‘the size of a puppy’.
Piotr Naskrecki, an entomologist, said he heard the beast’s footsteps before he even saw it.
‘I could clearly hear its hard feet hitting the ground and dry leaves crumbling under its weight,’ Mr Naskrecki wrote in his blog.
The spider hails from South America and has a leg span of almost 1 foot. It also weighs up to 170g, just like a young puppy.
“The Goliath birdeater is probably the only spider in the world that makes noise as it walks.” the scientist continued.
“Its feet have hardened tips and claws that produce a very distinct, clicking sound, not unlike that of a horse’s hooves hitting the ground.”
That’s enough spiders for one day.