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​Aussie Couple Find Huntsman Spider Eating Pygmy Possum

​Aussie Couple Find Huntsman Spider Eating Pygmy Possum

1 day ago 9.5K  Shares ​Aussie Couple Find Huntsman Spider Eating Pygmy Possum Mon Jun 17 2019 20:10:00 GMT+0000 (UTC) Mon Jun 17 2019 20:11:01 GMT+0000 (UTC) Jess Hardiman Jess Hardiman in  News Powered by A husband and wife were shocked to stumble upon a spider eating its tea – and that's because it was…


A husband and wife were shocked to stumble upon a spider eating its tea – and that’s because it was chowing down on an entire pygmy possum, which as you can imagine, made for particularly grim scenes.

JustineLattonand her husbandwere enjoying some time in Tasmania’s Mount Field National Park over the weekend when they saw the huge huntsman spider devouring the possum.

Lattonthen posted aphotos of the incredible scenesonthe Tasmanian Insects and Spiders Facebook page, sharing the sight with other nature lovers.

Spidey with its dinner. Credit: Facebook/Justin Latton
Spidey with its dinner. Credit: Facebook/Justin Latton

We should probably stress that the spider is chowing down on a possum which isactually quitesmall compared to other species– according to Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services,their bodies grow to just 5-6.5cm, and they weigh a mere 7g.

But it’s still far bigger than the spider’s main body – it would probably be like one of us eating a door or a sofa.Or something like that, IDK.

“Possum-eating spider! Taken by my husband at a Mt Field lodge,”Lattonwrote, adding a smiley emoticon.

The huntsman spider with the pygmy possum. Credit: Facebook/Justin Latton
The huntsman spider with the pygmy possum. Credit: Facebook/Justin Latton

Many people on social media, however,definitely weren’tsmiling.

One wrote:Holy shit. Nope.

Another said: “Omg…I can’t even…Iwannascream.”

A third added: “Awww. Everyone’sgottaeat, but man!

Others were simply rooting for the very hungry spider, which someone said was ‘one strongspidey‘.

“Even though it’s just a pygmy possum it’s still impressive the huntsman got him,” one Facebook said.

Someone else commented: “OMG what a once in a lifetime photo opportunity… I would be so freaking excited if I were lucky enough to witness this… Not scary at all just interesting and such a mystery to how this all went down… Would have been amazing to see from the onset of battle… Would have been so hard to not step in and help the little possum though… RIP little buddy.”

Another wrote: “Justine this is so interesting. Nature never ceases to amaze me.”

Justine and her husband aren’t the only ones to have interrupted a huntsman midway through its meal.

Melanie Jade Ottaway found one in a similar set-up at her home inBeerwah, Queensland, as she was prepared to tuck into her Sunday dinner last year.

The 29-year-old and her partner, Troy, soonrealisedthat they had an unwanted dinner guest in the form of a huge huntsman spider who was settling into a main course of a gecko.

The spider measured around five inchesacross, andwas sitting on the glass door that led out to their decking.

She grabbed her camera and caught the epic tussle on camera – and, as you can see, the spiderdefinitelywon.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Justine Latton

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics – indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel (yeah, yeah, I know) and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

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