An Australian TikTok user has shared a horrific video of what she found crawling behind a painting, something that you’ll find “only in Australia”.
TikTok user @jordiistaheyeff shared the video just two days ago, but it has already racked up over 200,000 views.
In the video, the camera pans up from the kitchen sink, to a painting and then slowly up a wall – where baby spiders are seen crawling around.
Then, jordiistaheyeff removes the painting to reveal a huntsman spider with even more of it’s children creeping behind the painting.
Of course, the video terrified people on TikTok, many suggesting the house should be burnt down.
“Welcome to ‘Straya, this is where we never take down our paintings,” one Australia said in the comments, while another Australian said this situation was particularly “bad”.
“And this is why I live where the air hurts my face,” someone said, using the Canadian flag emoji.
However, some people on TikTok seemed to favour the spider – one person described it as”a happy mummy with her babies”.
Another person was impressed jordiistaheyeff had the guts to even touch the painting.
Despite terrifying appearance spider is harmless
Various species of huntsman spiders are found Australia-wide, sometimes lurking in the home or car and despite their arguable terrifying appearance, they are mainly considered to be harmless.
“As with most spiders, they do possess venom, and a bite may cause some ill-effects,” the Australian museum explains.
“However, they are quite reluctant to bite, and will usually try to run away rather than be aggressive. In houses they perform a useful role as natural pest controllers.”
However, Australia is home to the most “dangerous” spider in the world, Funnel Web spiders, only male Sydney Funnel-webs will result in human death, though the Australian Museum notes there have only been 13 related deaths.
According to Backyard Buddies, an initiative to educate the community about animals and creepy crawlies, a female Huntsman spider will layabout 200 eggs at a time and will make for a “great mum”.
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