Rod Crawford, spider expert at the Burke Museum, holds a Goliath Bird Eater (Theraphosa blondi), which hitched a ride to Seattle from Cuba on some produce. This is a smallish example of a Goliath, the largest spider species in the world by mass and size. No, they don’t eat birds. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)
Rod Crawford, spider expert at the Burke Museum, holds a Goliath Bird Eater (Theraphosa blondi), which hitched a ride to Seattle from Cuba on some produce. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Giant spiders

Seattle’s real Spider Man sets us straight: Don’t worry, they’re not out to get you

Meet Rod Crawford, spider expert at Seattle’s Burke Museum, who works to dispel all those libelous myths you think are true. Those big guys in the house now? They’re just trolling for mates, they’re harmless and they didn’t come from outside. What else are we wrong about?  VIEW

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