Tarantulas comprise a group of often hairy and very large arachnids belonging to the Theraphosidae family of spiders, of which approximately 900 species have been identified. Their sizes range from as small as a fingernail to as large as a dinner plate when the legs are fully extended. All tarantulas are venomous, few species have been claimed to cause human fatalities, though some bites cause serious discomfort that might persist for several days. Despite their often threatening appearance and reputation, no tarantula has been known to have a bite that is deadly to humans.
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