The Great Spider is never given a proper title, and is often simply referred to as a spider. However, an individual is at one point referenced as "the great spider."
The Great Spiders are described in the novelization as resembling "kegs on many legs," and having "protruding eyes of no discernible color." While the creature is acknowledged as a spider in the novelization, in the film's script it is instead referred to as an insect.
The Spiders inhabited the great crevice of Skull Mountain Island, and lived in the numerous caves and crevices that lined it. After a member of the species sized up a Two-Legged Lizard, it decided that it was too large to take on, and instead opted to eat an Octopus-Insect. Shortly after this, King Kong and a Triceratops began to shake human sailors off of a log bridging the chasm. One fell into the slimy mud at the bottom, and was swarmed by six Great Spiders that ate him alive. After the rest of them were sent into the pit, the Great Spiders, Octopus-Insects, and Two-Legged Lizards all fought for the new carrion.
While the crew of the Wanderer peered into the Skull Island chasm, Carl Denham watched as a Great Spider appeared to hunt a gigantic lizard before being deterred. Denham then saw he was mistaken, and that the Spider was instead hunting a round, tentacled creature. The Spider quickly sprang upon its prey and dragged it into the seclusion of one of the many crevices lining the chasm wall.
The surviving Wanderer crewman, Jack Driscoll and Ann Darrow watched in horror as Kong shook the log and more and more crewman fell into the web and were mobbed by the Spider colony. As Kong shook the log, it eventually came loose and he threw it into the pit, causing the web to rupture and the spiders to go flying.
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