Wednesday 22 November 2017

WATCH: Wildlife park claims to have captured Australia's largest huntsman spider

'Behemoth' beside a normal-sized huntsman spider. Photo: Lizzie Doyle
'Behemoth' beside a normal-sized huntsman spider. Photo: Lizzie Doyle
Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

Arachnophobes, look away now.

A wildlife park in Australia has claimed to have found the country's largest huntsman spider.

This giant spider was handed into The Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, New South Wales during a drive to find funnel web spiders.

In recent weeks, the award-winning wildlife sanctuary has pleaded for help from the public to help bring in the spider for their venom program Since then, the park has been inundated with all sorts of spiders, including the massive huntsman, which they have nicknamed Behemoth.

These species have a bad reputation, which they do not deserve, according to the park's General Manager Tim Faulkner.

"Huntsman spiders often get a bad rap. The species is not dangerous they just come across quite scary! Whilst they pose no real danger, a spider is sure to send shivers down arachnophobes spines," he said.

"Huntsman spiders tend to inhabit many places that humans do and will pop up when you least expect them. Such times are in your car when driving or in your room when watching TV, but they really are not a worry.

"We recommend catching them in a clean jar, using a ruler and releasing them in nearby bushland."

A few days after the arachnid was handed in, park officials decided to release him in a nearby bush land "so he could continue living his spider life."

The video was originally posted to the park's Facebook page, which has more than 118,000 like.

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