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The Australian Tarantula  (Selenocosmia  crassipes), also known as, the Barking spider, Bird-eating spider or Whistling spider, is a species of tarantula native to North Queensland, Australia.The Eastern tarantula has powerful long venomous fangs and can grow up to 6 centimetres (2.4 in) long with a leg span of 16 centimetres (6.3 in) or larger than the palm of a man's hand. It is recognized as the largest spider in Australia, Due to the hissing sound the spider makes, it has acquired the nickname "Barking spider".  They make a whistling sound if they are approached and feel threatened, hence the name "Whistling spider".