Man Allows Huge Huntsman Spider To Live In His House For A Year
Posting on the Australian Spider Identification Facebook page, the homeowner from Cairns shared an image of the humungous insect, writing: "Check out this big girl. Been watching her grow over last year, Cairns north Queensland. The mighty huntsman."
Just take a look at her!
Other users were utterly horrified at the size of the spider, with one joking she'd need to start paying rent soon, while another commented: "Bruh thats the spider's house now."
"I hope they're contributing to the mortgage/rent/upkeep," one joked.
"I can't believe. How big is she? Like a little dog?" another added.
Others living further afield joked they were glad they were nowhere near Cairns, with one woman adding: "My God... man... that's a lil hard core for me... she's huge... if I walked out in the morning and saw that... I'd have kittens I reacon." [sic].
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Meanwhile, some spider enthusiasts were blown away by the insect's "beauty" with one person writing: "Am I the only one who wants to hold it?"
"Banded huntsmen are so beautiful, and the size... Such a perfect baby."
Huntsman spiders are notoriously large, and are known for their speed and methods of hunting (aka the name).
Thanks to their huge appearance, they are also known as giant crab spiders, with some of the larger species known as wood spiders due to their love of woody areas - for example, woodpiles and forests.
Some huntsman species can grow to have a legspan of a whopping 25-30cm and are often confused with tarantulas, but on average a huntsman spider's legs span around 15cm.
In terms of food, fully grown huntsman forage for food, eating mainly insects - however they are also known for eating small reptiles, too.
Anyone else feeling queasy?!
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