Woman’s Desperate Plea For Help With A Gigantic Eight-legged Roommate
Published in Aug 2019 / Updated in Aug 2021
What’s got eight eyes, a leg-span bigger than your hand, and might just be the worst roommate ever?
A Queensland woman has shared a photo online of a gigantic huntsman spider that had taken up residence in her house.
Posting the photo to the Bluewater News Facebook page, Laree Clarke, a Townsville resident, penned along with it a sincere plea for help.
“Is there anyone that could remove this from my house?? Now!??” she wrote.
As you can imagine, the Internet arachnophobic’s flew into a frenzy suggesting she burn her house down, flee, and other not so helpful suggestions…
Although huntsman spiders are not dangerous and are great at keeping bugs at bay, they still get a bad rap due to their size and speed.
Later, she updated the post to confirm her unwelcome houseguest had been taken away.
Huntsman spiders, members of the family Sparassidae, are known by this name because of their speed and hunting mode. They also are called giant crab spiders because of their size and appearance. Larger species sometimes are referred to as wood spiders because they prefer woody places.
The Australian Museum says that while huntsman spiders can deal out venomous bites, they are not aggressive and generally not considered dangerous – even at the horror-movie size.