How would you feel if you were going on holiday Down Under and you saw something out of a horror film, right in your hotel room? That is exactly what happened when a couple staying at the Mount Field National Park in Tasmania, an island state in Australia, witnessed an incredible sight.

Huntsman spider

Justine Latton and her husband could not believe their eyes when they observed a species of gigantic spider devour a possum right before their eyes. They even used the term “Possum-eating spider!” when recounting the incident on social media. People have been recoiling in terror at the images of the ferocious-looking Huntsman spider finishing the poor marsupial off in one sitting.

It may seem hard to digest, but the body of a pygmy possum can reach to around two and a half inches, which is approximately the size of a Huntsman spider, with an impressive leg span in the area of 13 inches. Although, experts claim the chances of a spider of this type feasting on a pygmy possum does not happen every day and is in fact exceedingly rare. The Huntsman is more inclined to feed on insects and frogs, as well as small birds or lizards like geckos.

It is a sad loss for the possum, although some suggested it may have already expired when the spider started eating it. However, this may have not been a malicious act, merely the spider acting on its natural instinct to feed in order to survive.

Huntsman spiders, of the Sparassidae, once known as the Heteropodidae, family, are often referred to as giant crab spiders due to their incredible size. They are also called wood spiders due to the fact they tend to inhabit woodland areas, from out in the trees to possibly a pile of timber or the shed in the back garden.

Take some comfort though in the fact there is very little chance of finding this Tasmanian Devil outside your home or in the back lawn. However, if you are being bothered by a troublesome spider, alongside any other type of pest, we can free you from their web. Pest-Master Environmental Services is standing over the competition in pest prevention and elimination in Scotland. So why don’t you give us a buzz?