Some say there is no need to fear spiders. After all, they are more afraid of you than you are of them, right? Well, try convincing yourself of that while gawking at this behemoth huntsman spider crawling over a broom on an animal rescue farm in Queensland’s Brisbane Valley. Named Charlotte by the animal rescuer who moved it from harm’s way, the colossal creepy crawly could very well be the largest Huntsman spider ever photographed.
The photos were taken in October last year, but resurfaced on social media this week, causing terror among arachnophobes, and anyone else for that matter.
Some commenters begged the question why anyone would get up close and personal with such a terrifying creature.
‘Why In HOLY HELL would you touch this horrible f*****g demon spawn!?!’ wrote one commenter.
‘100% approve of and respect what you’re doing here, but please, for the love of God keep that thing and all of its family and friends OVER THERE and the heck away from me,’ wrote another.
Others were amazed by the spider’s hulking frame, suggesting it was rare for them to grow that large. ‘That’s is as big as she will get…it’s actually not at all normal for huntsman to get this big.’
While the bite of a huntsman isn’t dangerous, it’s their terrifying appearance that is a real concern. Huntsman spiders are notorious for popping out of car dashboards with sometimes disastrous consequences.
Last Tuesday a man crashed his car into Lake Cathie in NSW after a huntsman fell on his lap, causing him to accidentally slam his foot on the accelerator.