Why, yes. I did make up that word. Arachno is spider and philia is love for.

So, the foot long (not Subway) tarantula being referred to was the Goliath Birdeater. Does it eat birds? Not really… Sometimes, yes, but the important thing here is that it can! Usually, it eats other things of comparable size, like rodents. It eats snakes too, including venomous ones. Freakish.  Another creepy thing is that they burrow.  They’re in the dang ground!  It’s supposedly the second largest spider in terms of leg span (which is, obviously, included in the 12 inches) and the winner in terms of weight. The largest in size goes to the giant huntsman spider, which I considered doing the comic on, since it’s less well known. It was discovered in 2001. Pretty crazy that it was that recent, right? Especially considering its size…