Photo shows writhing colony of huntsman spiders in Australia
Arachnophobes, look away! Because terrifying pictures have emerged of a writhing colony of huntsman spiders in Australia.
So if you've got a fear of spiders, it's probably time to click off this article. The shocking discovery (which is really just Mother Nature doing her thing) was made by volunteers at the non-profit organization Bush Heritage Australia.
These tourists mistook a spider nest for a furry animal:
This absolute bundle of NOPE was found in boxes designed to become possum habitat. They had been placed in Monjebup North reserve in Western Australia by conservationists, who went to see if they were being used for their intended purpose.
Angela Sanders, of Bush Heritage Australia, said: "Pygmy possums quickly took up resident in the nest boxes we erected in a restored habitat.
"What we didn't expect were the large colonies of social spiders that also moved in. It all started about the same time we were finding pygmy possums in the boxes. [sic]"
Woman finds huge huntsman spider on her sun visor:
Sanders added: "But on lifting the lids of some, we found many huntsman spiders of all sizes whizzing around inside."
As these pictures demonstrate, huntsman spiders are far from being little creepy crawlies, and males can have a leg span of up to 30cm but typically it is closer to 15cm.
In short, if you find one of these bad boys in your house, a glass and piece of paper just aren't going to cut it.
Sanders also added: "They're a species of huntsman that live together, normally under the bark of trees. In the restored area, tree bark is in short supply at present and they've found the wooden boxes suitable."
Bush Heritage Australia was established to save land for wildlife. It operates by buying it up so that it cannot be developed for other purposes. All with the intent of keeping the many wonderful and terrifying animals that make Austalia what it is thriving.