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Oh, look, it brought a friend!
People on Twitter were full of empathetic terror after Australian radio and TV presenter Marc Fennell posted a picture of the giant spider living in his house. Apparently, he first noticed the spider in the morning when his children asked if they should make breakfast for the uninvited visitor.
The terrifying arachnid appears to be a huntsman, a venomous species that, according to Wikipedia, received its name for it’s “speed and mode of hunting.”
Obviously, everyone was creeped out.
Seriously how do you guys even sleep in Australia?!
— Tony (@4thplanet) February 19, 2018
*burns house down*
— Casey Conway (@caseyconway_) February 18, 2018
I look at this & I can't help but think : those creatures are supposedly God's creation. Which means they were in the Garden of Eden… No wonder Eve ate the apple. What kind of Paradise has giant spiders in it?!
— Omara BRODY (@OmieMB) February 19, 2018
See the second pair of legs under the doorframe – they're breeding pic.twitter.com/JyOWSXfqW6
— Asher Wolf (@Asher_Wolf) February 18, 2018
Yeah, you better make breakfast for the spider – she's eating for 200 now…
— Darkly, Glass Darkly. (@jetztgibtshaue) February 19, 2018
Holy crap, has that spider got a moustache?
— Craig (@BabyDuckGames) February 18, 2018
— Matthew (@Matthewoou) February 19, 2018
That cant be real. Its a halloween decoration right.
Please tell me it isnt real. pic.twitter.com/10LuztngN5
— Brian Drebin, Detective Lt. Police Squad (@HeSlimedMe___) February 19, 2018
Well okay, not everyone was creeped out. Some people pointed out that the huntsman is actually useful because it kills cockroaches and other pests.
Looks a lot scarier than it is, huntsmen are mostly harmless and are great at keeping insects away. It's the redbacks and funnel webs you need to be wary of.
— JB (@OzBrickowski) February 18, 2018
They're ok, they kill the cockroaches and flies! It's easier to leave them there as they usually go back outside in a few days
— LJ Charleston (@LJCharleston) February 19, 2018
Others took it as an opportunity to share their own huntsman stories.
— Bill Cobbett (@GrumpyGunsmith) February 19, 2018
I woke to a scratchy feeling one night and it was a huge huntsman on my face. Husband was away with work and I slept in the kids room for a week.
— Julie Harper (@JulieHa55396455) February 19, 2018
It looks like giant, live-in spiders are just a part of living in Australia. Giant venomous snake as well.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.