I Just Found Out Tarantulas Can Swim and I’m Traumatized Now More Than Ever

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Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge arachnophobic. I am a big NOPE when it comes to any spider, any size for any reason.

So, I used to find comfort knowing that ya know, spiders can’t survive in the water so if it came down to it, I could just jump in the water to escape them.

That was until just a few minutes ago when I saw a video on Facebook of a tarantula swimming. Um, what is happening?!

Is this just another one of those awful things happening in 2020? I thought spiders couldn’t swim.


Seriously, I had to look it up (which gave me no joy and much anxiety) and apparently, it is a thing.

There are tons of videos online of tarantulas swimming and OMG I’m freaking out!


There is even a spider that hunts for fish UNDERWATER. What?

Here’s the thing – regular spiders can be squished and killed (my husband does it not me) but tarantulas? Those are another story.

I mean, people keep these GIANT spiders as pets (which I will never understand personally).

Anyways, in case you didn’t know, yes, tarantulas can swim so watch yourself the next time you are in water. You aren’t safe there from spiders.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Now, I am going to go try to scrub my eyes after seeing this!

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