'Megaspider' Capable of Piercing Human Fingernails in Australian Zoo

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An Australian zoo has a new addition that's getting mega-attention: a megaspider that measures three inches from foot to foot, with fangs that are nearly an inch long.

According to Huffington Post the arachnid is the largest funnel-web spider the park has ever seen. Its jaws are reportedly so strong they can pierce human fingernails. The spider was gifted to the park by an anonymous donor. Officials hope they come forward and helps lead them to other large spiders.

"She is unusually large, and if we can get the public to hand in more spiders like her, it will only result in more lives being saved due to the huge amount of venom they can produce. we are really keen to find out where she came from in hopes to find more MASSIVE spiders like her" said Michael Tate the park's education officer.

The park will milk the spider's venom and send it to a pharmaceutical company in Melbourne that will turn into antivenom. The antivenom program is estimated to save 300 lives per year.

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