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These critters were easy to find after the monsoons in south east Arizona. Peter's hand showing the size. No he wasn't going to pet it. But they are not as dangerous as most people think. They can cause a rash or can bite when bothered but it is not lethal. They are the largest spiders in the world and really cool to see in the wild. An amazing fact: some females can live up to 35 years! The males are not even mature until the age of 10.