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Old 19th March 2017, 06:05 AM   #1
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Question 20cm spider in Western Europe that hisses.

I think I'm asking this in the right forum.

This is something that apparently happened in the 80's at my aunt & uncle's house. They claim up until today that they had a big black spider from 20 cm in their living room that started to hiss at my uncle when he tried to chase it out of their house.

Personally neither me nor my parents believe that story. Plus, back in the 80's, they lived right next to us, so my mother or father must've heard something if this was true (like my aunt yelling).

And, I'm pretty sure that those spiders can only be found in the amazon woods.

So, I told my mother that I would ask if spiders like that exist in this part of the world and whether they would hiss on that skepticforum that I visit.

So, in case the questions weren't clear yet:

1. hissing spiders, do they exist?
2. spiders from 20 cm in western europe, is this possible?
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Old 19th March 2017, 06:11 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by tinribmancer View Post
I think I'm asking this in the right forum.

This is something that apparently happened in the 80's at my aunt & uncle's house. They claim up until today that they had a big black spider from 20 cm in their living room that started to hiss at my uncle when he tried to chase it out of their house.

Are you sure it wasn't a very small cat?
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Old 19th March 2017, 06:13 AM   #3
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An escaped pet Tarantula?
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Old 19th March 2017, 06:14 AM   #4
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Google says wolf spiders and some tarantulas hiss.

Have you tried looking up spiders native to your area?

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Old 19th March 2017, 06:18 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
An escaped pet Tarantula?
When I was about 12, I found a tarantula in a vacant lot (Norwalk CA).
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Old 19th March 2017, 06:57 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Mojo View Post
Are you sure it wasn't a very small cat?
Wasn't born yet. They still claim it was a spider.

@Captain_Swoop: they never had a pet spider.

@Skeptic Ginger: I have Arachnophobia. The last thing I'm going to be looking up on the internet, are crawling things with 8 legs (except scorpions).

I asked my father if he would look it up on his smartphone.
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Old 19th March 2017, 07:08 AM   #7
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A goliath bird eating spider grows to that size, and larger, and also hisses. It must have been imported (if genuine). However, they are huge and bulky and not something you'd just chase out of your living room like a woodlouse or a wasp.
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Old 19th March 2017, 07:09 AM   #8
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Do you mean the body was 20cm or the overall size, including legs?

Our big spiders can attain a size of around 100mm, including legs and tend to be aaaallllll legs.

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Old 19th March 2017, 07:40 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by bluesjnr View Post
Do you mean the body was 20cm or the overall size, including legs?

Our big spiders can attain a size of around 100mm, including legs and tend to be aaaallllll legs.
Legs included.

Personally, I think it's a PIDOOMA. It's not the first time that my aunt & uncle are making up stories to get some attention...
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Old 19th March 2017, 10:27 AM   #10
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Doesn’t have to be their pet spider, it could have wandered in from somewhere else.
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Old 19th March 2017, 10:30 AM   #11
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Big European Spiders
https://poitoucharentesinphotos.word...der-in-europe/
http://ednieuw.home.xs4all.nl/Spiders/spidhome.htm
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Old 19th March 2017, 10:47 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
The one in the OP was allegedly ten times that size.
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Old 19th March 2017, 11:02 AM   #13
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Last year during summer I had a spider in my home which was roughly 12 cm with legs. Even my cats were wary of playing with it. When i saw it I panicked and searched for a big book, line phone book. You can imagine the rest. It did not even splat fully. The body was more than 2cm in diameter.

I am still shivering thinking back about it.
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Old 19th March 2017, 01:13 PM   #14
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This is one bfs. https://youtu.be/aNHK565cVe8
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Old 19th March 2017, 01:24 PM   #15
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Spider are great. I never kill spiders (or anything else for that matter). I always put them outside. The biggest one was too big to pick up so I went and got a pint glass but it wouldn't fit under that either. I guess its legs were about 4.5 inches across, its body 3/4 inch. Totally harmless, but very very fast.
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We're one of two places in the Americas that have Eratigena atrica (previously known as Tegenaria Gigantea). They aren't 20 cm by any stretch, but they can certainly seem like that when they're skittering across the floor at you. I think the record is 10 cm, and the fastest true spider.

I try to let them be, because they're quite fond of dining on (or just outcompeting) hobo spiders and they would much rather run than bite. So as long as they don't get in my way, I'm content to share space with them.
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Originally Posted by Mojo View Post
Are you sure it wasn't a very small cat?
With 8 legs?

















Must've been an octopussy.
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