Graveyard Shift

These Are The 12 Biggest Spiders In The World

This may not come as a shock to the arachnophobes in the audience, but fear of spiders is one of the most common phobias the world over. Why? Because spiders are just scary. Even while most spiders aren't actually venomous enough to hurt us, they're creepy and crawly, and when they get on you, all you want to do is brush them off as quickly as possible.

Fantasy, science fiction, and horror are no escape, either. For as far back as J. R. R. Tolkien, at least, our media has been saturated with stories of giant spiders. They crawled across cinema screens in the '50s (and continue to do so today), and they populate our books and our video games. Fortunately, spiders don't get that big in real life... or do they?

Here are some of the biggest, creepiest crawlers in the spider world. The smallest is about five inches across. The largest? Well, if you're an arachnophobe yourself, you may want to stop reading right now. Also, before you say anything - no, camel spiders aren't on this list. Sure, they're pretty big and very creepy, but they're not actually spiders. Instead, they're their own thing, kinda midway between a spider and a scorpion.