One TERRIBLE woman says she “hasn’t driven in a week” after discovering a spider hunter hiding in the HANDLE of her car door.
Christine Jones, of Armidale in New South Wales, Australia, said she approached her car and saw what she thought were “hairy caterpillars” hidden under the handle.
Australian Christine Jones said she thought “hairy caterpillars” were hiding under the handle of her car doorPhoto credit: Facebook / Christine Jones
But she realized that it was a giant hunter spider “at the last minute” when she reached for the handlePhoto credit: Facebook / Christine Jones
The vehicle owner announced that she spotted the spider “at the last minute” before grabbing the handle.
Jones shared a photo of the creature hiding in front of the eyes, captioned, “I thought it was hairy caterpillars at first.
“I haven’t used my car in a week.”
However, a close-up shows the hairy legs and body of a large arachnid that has since been identified as a banded hunter.
The post was shared on the Australian spider identification page on Facebook.
It was then confirmed to be one of the massive, crab-like spiders that can have a leg span of up to 25 to 30 cm.
WHAT are Huntsman spiders and how big do they get?
These massive, crab-like spiders can have a leg span of up to 25 to 30 cm.
They usually live in small gaps in the tree bark, but often wander into houses and cars in search of food. They move at lightning speed, can walk on walls and even ceilings, and suddenly cover great distances.
Unlike other types of spiders, instead of spinning webs, they go out to track and kill their prey, and they eat insects and small animals like mice and lizards.
They don’t want to upset a mummy hunter – they fiercely defend their young, attacking and biting those who threaten them.
When touched, they have a “sticky reflex” and remain firm. Shaking them off won’t work, but will make them angry and likely to bite them.
Although they are typically found in the southern hemisphere, they have been known to tuck into cargo and arrive unexpectedly in Europe. However, they wouldn’t last long in the winter cold of Britain.
Despite their frightening looks and aggression, they shouldn’t raise too much alarm – their poison is not fatal to humans, although it is known to cause headaches, vomiting, and palpitations
The image has been shared over 6,000 times and has received hundreds of comments since it was posted on Nov. 30.
Members of the Facebook page commented that the big crawler was apparently trying to find shelter from the scorching heat.
But many reacted in horror at the size of the spider, saying, “I like spiders, but I’m sure I would need new underwear if I unwittingly put my hand under it.”
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Another Facebook user commented: “That worried me a lot now”.
Another shocked user said the creature “caused a heart attack”.
But one animal lover wrote, “The poor thing could have burned on the metal of the car looking for shade … or something cooler and got stuck there and waited over the weekend after this heat.”