The Land-Down-Under isn’t known for its forgiving nature. Sure, Australia has some cuddly looking koala bears–but just about every other animal there has developed some intense adaptations to survive the extreme environment.
Check out the size of this spider. This is a huntsman spider. This spider is so large it has taken a mouse, and is having very little difficulty moving the expired rodent back to its web. That’s an Australian spider.
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This huntsman even has a name: Hermie. Hermie was filmed by Jason Wormal, in Coppabella in Queensland. Coppabella was on his way to work when a neighbor called and asked if he wanted to watch the spider.
“So I am just about to leave for work about 0030 and me neighbor says ‘You want to see something cool’ and I say ‘Hell yeah’,” Coppabella wrote on Facebook.
“So we proceed to his place and he shows me this. Huntsman trying to eat a mouse.”
You can hear the neighbor, clearly fascinated, talking in the background of the video. “What’s he gonna do with him? Man that is so cool.”
After the video went viral, the predictable responses from the arachnophobes began popping up. Yet Coppabella and his friend didn’t kill the spider. They watched it take the mouse up the side of a refrigerator and left it in peace.
“Ok guys so just letting you all know that the spider is fine. We have named him Hermie, we have adopted him and he is now running his own extermination business out of our town Coppabella. Oh and he is now paying rent. Lol.”
“This is the first time I’ve seen one catch a mouse, but I have seen huntsmen catch geckos,” Graham Milledge of the Australian Museum’s arachnology collection, said. “I’ve seen a redback spider catch a snake in its web, I’ve seen a golden orb spider catch birds.”
“I would be very surprised if a huntsman would attack a mouse and even if it did, that the venom would be sufficient to kill it fast enough for the spider to still have hold of it,” arachnid expert Helen Smith noted.
“I am also suspicious because the mouse’s tail looks quite stiff – as though it has been dead some time.”
Still. Even if the mouse was dead, the industrious huntsman is still impressive.