Australia is a country and continent that is filled with over 2,400 species of spiders. Although they are large in numbers, only 50 of them are harmful to humans. 400 million years ago, spiders were among the first animals to live on land. These creepy crawlers are scary, and about 40% of people on planet Earth have a fear of spiders. Arachnophobia is the term used to describe people who are afraid of them. Scientists explain that the fear is natural and could have been the result of evolutionary selection. Coming face-to-face with a spider can be terrifying; especially when it has a 30 centimeter (12 inch) leg-span and a body length of 4.6 centimeters (1.8 inches). Lauren Ansell from Queensland, had such an encounter yesterday.
Lauren Ansell from Mount Coolum in Queensland was cooking dinner for her family, when a monster huntsman spider nicknamed ‘Aragog’ appeared on the outside of the window.
Huntsman spiders are known by this name because of their speed and mode of hunting. They can be found all across Australia, Africa, Asia, etc. As Ms. Ansell was cooking dinner, she got the almighty fright of her life when one such creepy critter appeared on her glass door. Despite their massive size and creepy appearance, the huntsman does not pose much threat to humans. The critters tend to keep to themselves and prey on cockroaches, crickets and mice. Although their bites are not venomous, they can be really painful.
When Ms. Ansell tried to move the huntsman spider, which was larger than a dinner plate, it did not take it lightly. She uploaded a picture and video of her encounter with the huge spider (which she nicknamed Aragog after Hagrid’s pet in Harry Potter) to Facebook.When Ms. Ansell and her partner tried to move the spider from their window, it jittered off towards their garden. The couple are unsure of its whereabouts but told Daily Mail Australia,
“My partner was on the outside trying to cook our food. We didn’t want to kill it, but it didn’t like us for trying to move it along. I nicknamed it Aragog.”
“It’s in the garden and we haven’t seen it since,” she said.
“It’s massive and was mean, but it’s alive and we didn’t want to kill it.”
Ms. Ansell and her partner didn’t seem to be fazed with the fact that there was a huge spider somewhere in their garden. For them, it was just another day in Australia. But people who suffer from arachnophobia would probably have a hard time sleeping for a week, if they knew that a giant spider was lurking in their yard.
Anyway, if you have plans to travel to Australia, there are a whole host of other far more dangerous spiders you should be keeping an eye out for. FYI!
What would you have done, if you came face-to-face with a huge spider like this one? Let us know through the comments section!
Featured Image Credit: Lauren Ansell, screengrab via YouTube