I always thought spiders this huge were tucked away deep in the jungle, so it shocked me to see so many of these big spiders in downtown Taipei.
Taipei, Taiwan. Such a calm city – until you are unfortunate enough to see giant spiders in your apartment! I had no idea they grew as big as this in Taiwan. In fact, even though most species of spider in Taiwan are pretty harmless (but not all), they still give me the creeps just by looking at them! What would you do if you woke up in your hotel room and saw one of these horrid things on your ceiling?
Even outdoors, the spiders in Taiwan can grow to quite a ferocious size. The Golden Silk Orb Weaver Spider and the Giant Wood Spider are both known to capture and eat prey the size of birds, as you can see from the photos above. I would not want to be walking through the countryside in Taiwan and come across these things. Imagine walking into one of their webs?!
I can remember visiting YangMingShan National Park just outside of Taipei city limits and worrying about coming face to face with a poisonous snake (of which there are many in that infamous park). Yet if I had know that spiders like the ones above had existed then I doubt I would have ventured there alone in the first place!
My own experiences with spiders in Taiwan have thankfully been very few, although I did have a huge spider in my hotel room at a hotel called Park Taipei, where I was staying for 3 nights a couple of years ago (this was my first trip to Taiwan). I phoned the reception of the hotel and asked them to send someone up to capture the devil. Some time later, it was caught and presumably released back into the wild, although to be frank I had no interest what happened to the spider – I was just glad it couldn’t attack me anymore! I learned later than these spiders are a kind of Giant Huntsman Spider that is native to Taiwan, and can be harmful to Humans, though thankfully not deadly. Needless to say, I now always look under my bed and in my closet now when staying in the Taiwanese capital!