Lonely Planet Writer

Tarantula as big as a hand discovered in Australia!

Thirteen new species of spider have been discovered in Australia in far north Queensland; one a tarantula as big as a human hand.

Even more spider species are being discovered in Australia.
Even more spider species are being discovered in Australia. Image by Graham Wise / CC BY 2.0

The discoveries were made by a team of volunteers on a Bush Blitz expedition which is co-funded by the government to journey into the Australian wilderness and document Australia’s plant and animal life. Since they began in 2010 researchers have discovered 700 new wildlife species. This trip took volunteers on a ten-day journey to largely unsurveyed areas in Cape York Peninsula, one of the last remaining wilderness areas on earth. Read more: independent.co.uk