The oldest known spider before Number 16 was a tarantula in Mexico, which died at 28. Unlike tarantulas, trapdoor spiders aren’t that big, and generally measure between just 2.5 to four centimeters long. They aren’t deadly, either. And while humans may encounter a male Gaius Villosus on occasion, females pretty much stay put in the same place their entire lives. In fact, they rarely venture more than a few meters from where they’re born, hunkering down in their burrows. They also normally only live to be around 20-years-old.
“To our knowledge this is the oldest spider ever recorded and her significant life has allowed us to further investigate the trapdoor spider’s behavior and popular dynamics,” said Leanda Mason, a doctoral student at Australia’s Curtin University, who published a report on the death of the spider in the Pacific Conservation Biology Journal.