‘Burn the house down’: Huge hunter spider lurking above a door frame is spotted eating a GECKO
- A huge hunter spider has been caught eating a lizard in Western Australia
- Stunning situation, uploaded to TikTok this month, shocked the internet
- Spider expert Dr. Lizzie Lowe said the scene was not unusual, but certainly a surprise
- Hunters usually eat cockroaches and other small inserts because they are easier to digest
- TikTok users said ‘burn the house’, ‘this is why they don’t go to Australia’
Terrifying images have surfaced of a huge spider sitting over a doorway eating a gecko whole.
The TikTok video shows the giant hunter casually chewing the reptile on the wall of a house in Western Australia.
A man can be seen in a reflection viewing and filming the bizarre sight in disbelief as the lizard disappears into the spider’s mouth with only its tail out.
The shocking discovery, uploaded to TikTok earlier this month, shows the spider chewing a gecko on what appears to be the back porch of a Western Australian home (pictured)
TikTok users commented on the size and confidence of the spider, telling the man who was filming to ‘burn down the house’.
“I could have been gone all my life without seeing this,” commented one.
“I saw a spider eating a bird when I lived on the Gold Coast,” wrote another.
Others said that big, hairy spiders were the reason why they would “never visit Australia.”
“This is how the fires started in Australia,” someone said.
“It’s time to move,” commented another.
‘Where in Australia is this? So that I know not to go there. ‘
Spider expert Dr Lizzie Lowe, of Macquarie University’s Department of Biological Sciences, told Daily Mail Australia that the spider in the video was a gray hunter.
She said the sight was not unusual, but a surprise because lizards were harder for arachnids to digest.
Spider expert Dr Lizzie Lowe (pictured), of Macquarie University’s Department of Biological Sciences, believed the spider in the video was a Ranger, Isopeda sta
“They usually like to eat cockroaches because when you think about it, cockroaches are mush inside and easy to digest, while lizards are more complex with bones and harder to get,” said Dr. Lowe.
She added that the spider likely caught the lizard because of its poor visibility.
“A nice fact about hunters is that they have terrible vision and can only see light, darkness and movement,” said Dr. Lowe.
That’s why he probably caught the lizard. It would have caught it without realizing it.
‘They don’t have a web to catch their prey – they see movement and run for it, bite quickly and inject venom.
“The prey then slows down and sits there and digests it.”
She said the sight was not unusual, but a surprise because lizards were harder to digest for a “helping guest.” Pictured: The hunter spider eating a lizard in a home in Western Australia
Dr. Lowe added that hunter spiders don’t bite and like to live alone.
‘Hunters are not a threat to humans. It would only bite if you took one and squeezed it – but I mean, who wouldn’t, ”she said.
‘If you can’t stand having one in the house and you want to get rid of it, don’t use pesticides, because you’ll bring all kinds of chemicals into the house.
‘Chase it with a broom or use an ice container to catch it.
“I usually suggest approaching the cup upstairs and the paper down, but hunter spiders are quite big and very, very fast.”
The long-legged spiders can grow up to 6 inches and only live in households ‘because it is dry, safe and there are cockroaches to eat’.
Dr. Lowe added that only one type of hunter lives in groups – but only in the wilderness.
“There are those who are quite social and live in large family groups,” she said.
“They’re all females, and the daughters help the mother raise the babies – but they’re not harmful and don’t live in a household.”