This New Species Of Australian Spider Will Scare The Pants Off You

Australia and spiders go together sort of like peanut butter and jelly. Which is why it was no surprise to anyone that yet another new species of creepy-crawly was discovered in Queensland earlier this month. This particular species of spider…well, let’s just say you’re not even safe from it while you’re taking a swim.

Meet Dolomedes briangreenei, or just Brian for short. Here he easily strides out onto water looking for a meal.

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Officials named the spider Brian after World Science Festival cofounder Professor Brian Greene.

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Brian can glide along on the surface of the water. The bugger can even remain submerged for up to an hour as it hunts for insects, fish, and cane toads.

While their bite isn’t dangerous to humans, they’re certainly an unsettling sight to come across when you’re taking a dip in a river or stream.

(via Business Insider)

Yeah, no thanks. As if I needed another reason to stay away from any body of water in Australia. Nature, you scary.


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