Giant Huntsman Spider Terrifies Woman | 22 Words

A woman in Australia has been left terrified after she discovered a huge huntsman spider in her shower...

And it's probably put us off ever visiting Australia.


Yep, it's that bad.

Scroll on to see the eye-popping size of this alarming arachnid...

Now, we all know that Australia is the sunny land down under...

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That's the home to the widest array of wildlife.

Of course, we all love koala bears and kangaroos...

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But there's no doubt that Australia is the place where the most unspeakable of animals and insects live.

There are the crocodiles, the snakes...


And, of course, the spiders.

Now, we all know that spiders are generally one of the most feared creatures in the world...


And although only a handful are venomous, there's just something about our 8-legged friends that's freaky as hell.

This fear of spiders is called arachnophobia...


And people can become that frightened of spiders that they start experiencing severe anxiety; allowing it to dictate their lives.

Well, these people should certainly stay away from Australia...

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Because the land down under is the home to some of the biggest spiders in the entire world.

Their biggest native is perhaps the huntsman spider...

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And although huntsmans are completely harmless - and are actually great for the environment - people are simply terrified of them.

Because just look at the size of them!

They are the world's largest spider by leg span and according to livescience.com, the average huntsman is around an inch (2.5 centimeters) long with a leg span of up to 5 inches (12.7 cm).

The giant huntsman spider, however, has a leg span of up to 12 inches (30 cm). Yikes.

But believe it or not, many Aussies actually live in harmony with their local huntsman spiders...

And they see them as friendly visitors rather than terrifying pests.

But one Australian woman was recently left a little shaken...


When she found a huntsman spider that fit just nicely in her shower.

Cathy Cox, who is from Perth, took to Facebook earlier this month to ask for help identifying the giant spider she had found in her shower...

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And people were left utterly gobsmacked over the sheer size of the arachnid.

Cathy's post read:


"I have what I believe to be a beautiful huntsman in my shower. She is out of harm's way but should I relocate her? FYI heart racing at the thought of the latter."

Here's the first snap of the spider:

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And all we can say is... NOPE.

Among all of the horrified comments, one user decided to answer Cathy's question more seriously, by suggesting:

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"I would suggest to her to move somewhere more cozy. I cannot imagine more horrifying things than her getting a little steamy, losing her footing, and dropping onto your shoulder on the shower."​

We're not quite sure what Cathy ended up doing to move her unexpected visitor...


But we know that if that were us in that situation, we'd be going nowhere near that spider!

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