What's the worlds biggest spider?named after a biblical character.

According to Guinnessworldrecords.com, the world's largest known spider is a male goliath bird-eating spider (Theraphosa blondi) collected by members of the Pablo San Martin Expedition at Rio Cavro, Venezuela in April 1965.

It had a record leg-span of 28 cm (11 in) - sufficient to cover a dinner plate. This species is found in the coastal rainforests of Surinam, Guyana and French Guiana, but isolated specimens have also been reported from Venezuela and Brazil.

A two year old spider of the same species, bred by Robert Bustąrd and reared by Brian Burnett of Alyth, Perthshire also had a leg span of 28 cm (11 in) and weighed 170 g (6 oz) in February 1998.

Body length: 280 mm
Weight: 50 g
Lifespan: 10 years
Discovered: 1804

The animal world is full of predators and nightmarish creepy-crawlies, but there are a few frightening creatures that don't deserve such a fearsome reputation.

Some of these scary animals might even make cuddle-worthy companions. (But keep in mind that an encounter in the wild could be a humbling encounter.) Take a look at this list of scary animals that are perfectly harmless at mnn.com.