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Huge spider rescued from Queensland floodwaters

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While many people would run the other way when face-to-face with such an enormous arachnid, a group of North Queensland locals did the opposite and saved the terrifying creature when it was found dangling for dear life on a branch overhanging flooded water.

The spider is believed to be a whistling spider (Australian tarantula) — the name relates to the sound they make when feeling threatened. They are also known as bird-eating spiders.

Found in the warmer and more arid regions of Australia, the largest species can grow a body length of 6cm and a leg span of 16cm, with powerful fangs 1cm long.

“They are large to very large grey or brown spiders that are very hairy with two finger-like spinnerets at the end of the body. Thick hair pads on their legs and ‘feet’ allow these spiders to easily climb glass or smooth plastic walls,” explainedQueensland Museum.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/huge-spider-rescued-from-queensland-floodwaters/news-story/7c5e45f895ed68752e10ae5228faa0e5

So it's just news of spiders surviving a flood then.