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Man Allows Huge Huntsman Spider To Live In His House For A Year

Man Allows Huge Huntsman Spider To Live In His House For A Year

A man in Australia has revealed how he has been living with a gigantic huntsman spider 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!

The man said he had been living with the spider for a year (Credit: Facebook)
The man said he had been living with the spider for a year (Credit: Facebook)
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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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Some huntsman species can grow to have a legspan of 25-30cm (Credit: Shutterstock)
Some huntsman species can grow to have a legspan of 25-30cm (Credit: Shutterstock)

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"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).

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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.

On average a huntsman spider's legs span around 15cm (Credit: PA)
On average a huntsman spider's legs span around 15cm (Credit: PA)

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.

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Anyone else feeling queasy?!

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: Spiders, Animals, Australia

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Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]