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Massive, rarely seen spider spotted in British Columbia

Monday, May 4th 2020, 12:48 pm - The spider was spotted in Langford during the day, which is unusual since this species spends most of its life underground.

Spotting unique wildlife can be the highlight of taking a walk and the massive spider that Krysten Leigh encountered in Langford, British Columbia will certainly be one that she’ll remember.

Leigh was out on a walk with her dog on April 24 and noticed that he was pulled on his leash in an attempt to inspect something on the ground. When she got a closer look at what captured her dog’s attention she had to do a double-take because she couldn’t believe the “big and thick” spider was real.

“I was so surprised because usually when you see a spider with a big body the legs are kind of thin, but with this one the whole thing was thick” Leigh explained. When she noticed the stripes she realized that it could be an uncommon species, so she took a photo in hopes that it could be identified.

spider brightcove permission granted The spider that Krysten Leigh encountered on her walk. Credit: Krysten Leigh

Leigh shared the photo to Facebook and the post has since been shared nearly 300 times with many remarking and the unusual and terrifying discovery.

In an interview with Global News, Biologist Claudia Copley, manager of the Royal B.C. Museum’s entomology collection, identified this spider as a Pacific folding door spider. This species is native to the Pacific coast in British Columbia and can live up to 20 years.

Note: This article previously stated that this was a California trapdoor spider, which is incorrect. The article has now been updated with the accurate identification for this spider.

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