Published: Wed, June 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Watch this insanely huge hairy spider gobble down possum

Watch this insanely huge hairy spider gobble down possum

A photo of a huntsman spider eating a possum is a reminder that Australia is a risky to place to live. This time, it comes at the expense of a tiny little possum, who fell prey to a large and ubiquitous spider. Its namesake comes from the way it hunts and kills its prey instead of using a web like other spider species.

Still, it's not a common thing for us to witness, and rarer even to capture on camera, like Justine Latton's husband Adam did at Mount Field National Park ski lodge in Tasmania.

And while huntsman spiders are venomous, they are not considered to be risky to humans and their diet consists mainly of insects and other invertebrates, and occasionally small lizards.

Usually, possums are not eaten by huntsman spiders.

"Possum-eating spider!" she wrote. The dead marsupial - which appears to be a pygmy possum, according to commenters - dangles limply from the huntsman's mandibles.

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A husband and wife were got the fright of their lives when they interrupted a huntsman chowing down on a possum in Tasmania. The creatures were soon relocated, while the spider survived without any harm, it was too late for the possum, she further added.

Pygmy possums primarily eat nectar and pollen, but they will also snack on invertebrates.

Despite their chilling appearance, huntsman spiders are not considered to be unsafe, according to the Australian Museum.

The images have gone massively viral online, collecting a ton of reactions and more than 7,000 "shares".

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