Spider eats Possum: Not for the fainthearted - this is nightmare fuel

Nightmare fuel: Giant spider pictured eating POSSUM in Tasmania (PHOTO)

The Internet is now obsessing over pictures of a spider eating its lunch.

The possum is most likely a pygmy possum - the smallest of the species once believed to only live in Tasmania - and only grow to be about seven centimetres.

Still, it's not a common thing for us to witness, and rarer even to capture on camera, like Justine Latton's husband Adam did at Mount Field National Park ski lodge in Tasmania. Huntsman spiders are large, hairy and can have a leg span of up to 15 centimeters. "[And the possum] was about the size of a large walnut", Latton told ScienceAlert. "They most often eat other spiders and insects".

"Possom-eating spider!" Latton wrote on Facebook above the jaw-dropping images. The creatures were soon relocated, while the spider survived without any harm, it was too late for the possum, she further added. Latton shared photos of the disgusting incident on Facebook, which show the eight-legged creature devouring its freshly-killed meal on the side of a wall.

"It was one of the biggest huntsman spiders my husband has ever seen", Latton told Hindustan Times.


"Omg... stuff of nightmares", one wrote in the comment section of Justine's post.

"What a once in a life time photo opportunity".

"I didn't imagine it would cause such a media maelstrom", she said.

The museum states that the spiders are, however, reluctant to bite and will usually "run away rather than be aggressive".

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