Nocturnal Visitor

This Brown Huntsman Spider was found on the outside wall of our house (just above the stairs) by my wife. I took advantage of the decent zoom on my camera to photograph it, as I'm not keen on spiders, especially not up close.

The picture does not do it's size justice, I'd estimate it at being about 9 to 10 inches across. Needless to say, we're keen on this guy staying outside.

26Things::September::2006 - Scream

View all photos taken: Saturday, 9th September 2006, This photo: 9:30pm

Next Photo: Wussed out


  • Clearskies Images said:
    Outside sounds good to me. lol
  • Maki_C30D said:
    something's running up my spine!!
  • looby88 said:
    thats indecent for any spider to get sooo big, oooh yukky yuk yuk !!
  • donnamatrix said:
    oh good god! *shudder*
  • leadegroot said:
    Yep, I saw this huge monstrosity as I walked past it down the stairs and managed not to jump straight out of my pants.
    I was about 6 inches from it - and I had to go back past it to get back inside (no, I didn't sleep in the yard ;))
    Called Dave and carefully told scaredy-cat not to come down the stairs <g>. Had to get a photo - shame it doesn't really show how big it is. :(
  • Cyron said:
    I had one of these things inside my house one day. With its legs extended, it was bigger than my hand. We were wondering what we were going to do about it, when suddenly the cat jumped up the wall, grabbed it and ate it, legs and all.

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh my! I'd not have thought a cat would try to (and succeed) in taking down such a large spider. I guess cats are useful for something ;)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    That is one big reason I'm not in a hurry to emigrate to Australia ! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh but this one, although a "ready biter" according to my guide, is not deadly. Probably hurts a bit, but then if you avoid them, they'll not seek you out as food either.
  • Cyron said:
    It's generally the smaller spiders in Australia you've got to be worried about. The big ones tend to just look scary

    Seen in my recent comments. (?)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    David: yes, yes, heard that one before - "He just wants to play...."
  • andrew_mrt1976 said:
    *shudder* I do it every time, someone posts a spider pick, I look at it and then I am looking over my shoulder for days afraid the 8 legged little sods are out to get me :(
  • David de Groot said:
    Well this guy is in no way little! ;-)