he said that as adults they can wrap their legs around a basketball?!?
You clearly wrote basketball, but while reading that my brain translates that to "human head". So what I'm saying is Thanks for the nightmare material!!
Well, to be true, the guy I spoke to was probably quick to pick up on my dislike for spiders, and he probably said this for effect. Actually, the human head part is right as I once saw a photo of an Amazonian native with one sitting on his head, with the legs down around his chin. The smile the guy had was definitely a poker face to hide his thinly disguised fear: you could see he was scatred sh*tless.
Wished I never Yahooed "Amazon Bird Eaters" that day...