If you’ve got a rodent infestation in your house, consider yourself lucky. In Australia, spiders carry mice up a vertical surface in their jaws and eat them for breakfast.
In what sounds like your typical day down under, Jason Wormal from Coppabella, Queensland, posted on Facebook: “So I am just about to leave for work about 00:30 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.”
“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,” he joked.
While it's crazy stuff, Huntsmen spiders get their name for a reason. They’re family of spiders that includes over a thousand separate species. Many of these are found in Australia, although they can be found in many temperate and tropical regions of the globe, including Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Americas.
It’s well documented that these eight-legged beasts can prey on vertebrates, often ones larger than themselves including lizards, small rodents, and even birds. Nevertheless, crawling up a wall with one is another thing all together...