AMAZON GIANT FISHING SPIDER
Latin Name: Ancylometes
Habitat: Near ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams in South America
Size: Length: Up to 8 in; Weight: 0.4 oz
Diet: Insects, tadpoles, small fish
Conservation Status: Data Deficient
Proving big can be beautiful, this spectacular spider can grow up to 8 inches, with a brilliant green, gold, and white body.
Found in South America, they’re semi-aquatic and usually seen at the edge of pools or streams.
There they wait for ripples that advertise prey (insects, tadpoles, and even small fish), then run across the surface to grab it and inject their venom.
Some subspecies of these weird creatures can even encase themselves in a silver air bubble and climb beneath the water.