Gargantuan spiders, also known as whisper spiders, were the largest variety of hunting spider in the Realms.
On average the bodies of these creatures were 10 feet (3 meters) long and measured 20 feet (6.1 meters) in diameter. They were covered in black fur, with two gray stripes across their abdomen, and had red eyes.
These creatures had a low degree of intelligence, but higher than that of a base animal.
These spiders could shoot strands of webbing from their abdomen out to 2 feet (0.61 meters) and could use it to make entrapping nets. They were also very skilled in shaping their webbing into any shape they had ever seen and would do so in order to mislead their prey.
In addition, gargantuan spiders had the unique ability to flatten their bodies to become nearly undetectable to prey.
These creatures could be found in a wide variety of lands, though typically inhabited forests or caves where they laired in huge webs.
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Magical spiders: Bloodsilk • Electric • Glass • Gaze • Goblin • Pet of Kalistes • Spellgaunt • Steeder
Planar spiders: Demonweb terror • Fire • Myrlochar • Phase • Shadow • Tomb • Vortex
Constructs: Arachnar • Bone spider • Jade spider • Retriever • Spiderwalker • Stone spider
Outsiders: Bebilith • Darkweaver • Greelox • Inferno spider • Red widow • Yochlol
Creations of Lolth: Abyssal widow • Chwidencha • Drider (Vampire) • Shunned
Humanoids: Aranea • Chitine • Choldrith • Ettercap • Werespider
Miscellaneous: Kitthix • Neogi • Rhylfang • Susurrus
Undead spiders: Wraith spider