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Huge Huntsman Spider Eats Possum In Front Of Horrified Hotel Guests

A couple found a gigantic spider eating an entire possum for a meal in Tasmania A couple found a gigantic spider eating an entire possum for a meal in Tasmania
Patty Aguilar | 19 June, 2019, 14:50

Latton's husband captured the photo while at a lodge in the Mount Field National Park, northwest of Hobart.

The possum the spider has chosen as its meal is called a pygmy possum and is very small compared to other species.

Spiders like to feast on their prey in the most unexpected places: A couple recently spotted a enormous hairy spider eating an entire possum in a Tasmanian lodge and it is a nauseating sight. Still, that makes the spider even larger, and it's not the kind of thing you'd want to see hanging from the wall of your home.

"Possum-eating spider!" she said.

Pygmy possums primarily eat nectar and pollen, but they will also snack on invertebrates. However, the spider's legs can grow up to a whopping 13 inches. "It would be fairly rare".

The post attracted a lot of comments and has been shared more than 5,700 times.

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Still, like most arthropods, huntsman spiders possess venom and if bitten, a person may experience "ill effects", according to the museum.

"Nature never ceases to amaze me".

Justine Latton and her husband were visiting Mount Field National Park over the weekend when they came across the confronting scene.

"Pygmy possums are quite common in Tasmania, the spider probably saw an opportunity and went for it".

And while huntsman spiders are venomous, they are not considered to be risky to humans and their diet consists mainly of insects and other invertebrates, and occasionally small lizards.

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