Watch a spectacular spider carry away a mouse (video)

Huntsman spider
CC BY 2.0 A huntsman spider similar to one seen dragging away a mouse. Photo: JonRichfield

Who needs a cat to catch mice when you have really (really) giant spiders?

Arachnophobes, please avert your gaze.

For those who revel in the awesome feats of the natural world – or anyone who might like a little fuel for nightmares – meet Hermie, the mouse-toting spider.

The Australian huntsman spider – who hails from Coppabella in Queensland – has become a social media celebrity, thanks to his impressive strength and no shortage of moxie. It’s not every day that you see a spider hauling a mouse up the side of a refrigerator.

The video comes from Jason Wormal, whose neighbor’s house hosted the spidery spectacle. From Wormal’s Facebook page:

So I am just about to leave for work about 0030 and me neighbour says "You want to see something cool" and I say "Hell yeah". So we proceed to his place and he shows me this. Huntsman trying to eat a mouse.

Later, Wormal posted that all is well.

“Ok guys so just letting you all know that the spider is fine. We have named him Hermie, we have adopted him and he is now running his own extermination business out of our town Coppabella. Oh and he is now paying rent. Lol.”

People who know about these things say that the feat was unusual but not impossible. Graham Millage, the manager of the Australian Museum’s arachnology collection, says, “This is the first time I’ve seen one catch a mouse, but I have seen huntsmen catch geckos. I’ve seen a redback spider catch a snake in its web, I’ve seen a golden orb spiders catch birds.”

He also says that the banded huntsman can have a leg span of up to 6 inches.

Seriously, this puts pizza rat to shame – New York City, it’s time to up your game. (Although NYC does have giant flying cockroaches, so there's that.)

Via The Guardian

Tags: Animals | Australia | Insects

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