In a seemingly endless list of reasons to never visit Australia, the most recent one is a video that has been circulating on Facebook and YouTube over the past week.
The video shows a gigantic spider crawling across a fridge carrying the carcass of a mouse in its jaws. The spider is known as a Huntsman and has apparently lived up its name, having hunted and killed the mouse for prey.
The video was taken by Jason Womal, who lives in the tropical state of Queensland on Australia’s East Coast. Womal lives in the town of Coppabella and filmed the mammoth feat of arachnid strength before heading out to work early one morning.
Womal is heard chuckling to himself as he films the giant spider, asking “What’s he going to do with him?” He’s just as incredulous as anybody else about the whole incident, although not everybody would be at ease enough to laugh while filming it.
Huntsman spiders don’t just live in Queensland, but can be found in every state across the country. They can grow up to 10-12 inches long and they’re often found indoors. Their name belies their method of capture as Huntsman spiders do not build webs. They hunt their prey at night and can often be found on walls and ceilings inside Australian homes. They are not known to be dangerous to humans, but their speed and agility do cause many to be frightened of them.
It’s not a common sight to find them catching and eating rodents, but it’s also not a rarity, since they have the speed and strength to take them down.
Womal was about to leave for work at 12:30 in the morning when his neighbor called him over and asked “if he’d like to see something cool.” It was his neighbor’s house where the spider was seen on the fridge, although Womal posted the video to his own Facebook account, where it’s been viewed more than 21 million times, and shared more than 250,000 times around the world.
Womal has even taken to naming the giant spider, calling him Hermie. He was obviously unfazed by the incident, having become used to seeing the aggressive arachnids around the place often enough. He was heard on the video saying, “Man, that is so cool.”
We’re not sure that “cool” is the word we’d use, but the video does show how powerful these large spiders can be. Experts have been quick to weigh in, stating that the spider probably did not capture or hunt the mouse, but rather that the dead mouse was simply dragged away by the spider after dying by some other means. It’s not impossible that the spider would’ve killed the mouse, but highly improbable.
Just like our chances that we’ll ever be within 100 miles of this place.