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Woman discovers massive possum-eating spider in her home. Her social media post goes viral.
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Woman discovers massive possum-eating spider in her home. Her social media post goes viral.


A Queensland, Australia, woman returned after leaving her Townsville home, only to find a giant huntsman spider camping out in the corner of one of her rooms.

Some giant huntsman spiders are large enough to feed on pygmy possums for meals. A recent viral Facebook post showed a huntsman spider devouring a possum.

What are the details?

Facebook user Laree Clarke shared the disturbing image of a huntsman spider lurking in her home on her Facebook page.

Clarke also asked the social media users if someone could help her remove the spider from her home.

"Is there anyone that could remove this from my house?? Now!???" she wrote.

In the comments section, Clarke told users that the spider was easily as large as her hand, and that she struggled to find a container that the spider could fit inside.

"When I went near it with the phone light, it [came] at me raising it fangs and legs," she wrote. "[H]ell nahhhh!"

She later revealed that the spider had been safely removed from her home, but did not elaborate on the measures taken in order to banish the spider from her Australia home.

What are these things, anyway?

The giant huntsman spider's leg span can grow to be 10 inches or more. According to the University of Florida, these spiders can grow to be the size of an adult's hand.

The giant huntsman spider's bite is not known to be poisonous to humans, but it purportedly can be painful and require professional medial treatment.

The giant huntsman spider is also sometimes called a giant crab spider, due to its resemblance to the crustacean.

You can read more about the species, which needs heat to thrive, here.

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