Amazing Animals

Watch the Moment a Giant Huntsman Spider Dragged Away a Mouse in Australia

The worst thing about it? These spiders are actually pretty common in Australia...

Love spiders and watching them drag away their prey? Of course you do. You’re only human!

If you don’t fit into that category then we can only apologise, but it is coming up to Halloween, so it seems the right kind of time in the year to be posting videos which may or may not be your worst nightmare in low resolution.

Facebook user Jason Womal uploaded this video of a Huntsman spider taking away a mouse in Australia, and so far it’s racked up a whopping 17,781,996 views. We can see why. It’s mental.

If you’re planning on going to Australia anytime soon though don’t worry, because there’s only 94 known species of the Hunstman spiders down under. Wait… That’s quite a lot isn’t it? Yeah, turns out they’re actually quite common. You’re probably gonna get eaten by a giant spider. Sorry.

Hunstman are known as hairy tarantulas which climb on house walls and scare the shit out of folk in Australia by lurking behind curtains and couches. They aren’t actually considered dangerous to humans, but you don’t have to tell that to your mate heading down under.

The large spiders can actually give out a painful bite, but only do so when provoked or pushed into a corner. They mostly pretty on insects and other spiders, though clearly they sometimes go for a bigger dinner.

The female species of the spider has been known to lay up to 200 eggs in silken sacs. The mother guards her offspring without eating for up to three weeks and if you come across one during this time, they’re probably going to be quite aggressive.

Womal wrote alongside the video: “So I am just about to leave for work about 00.30 and me neighbour says, ‘You want to see something cool,’ so we proceed to his place and he shows me this. Huntsman trying to eat a mouse.”

Cool is one word for it. We can think of several other that aren’t quite so… positive.

If you’d like some more on the Huntsman spider, here’s a three minute video of a guy capturing and handling one, set to the calming sounds of Jason Mraz. Obviously.

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