A lady in Australia has discovered a humungous huntsman spider guarding a sac of eggs under her child’s toy truck.
Brooke Thorpe, from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, was astounded to find the spider defensively sitting on a protruding egg sac at the rear of her child’s toy.
She posted photos of the monstrous spider to a Facebook page, stating ‘Found this little mumma today with her sac!’
The astounding pictures show the creepy-crawly guarding a white sac with her legs. As per a specialist, up to 200 infant spiders could be inside.
Thorpe wrote on Facebook: ‘I was actually outside with my two pythons letting them get some sun when my nephew bought me this toy and I found this,’
Thorpe revealed to MailOnline that her child was really chuffed with the find and will not be disturbing the mother. ‘We have her in a safe spot and once she’s finished, my son can have his toy back,’ she said.
An Arachnologist, Dr. Robert Raven, told that around 100-200 child arachnids are inside the sac. They likely a little while old at this stage, he said. He further added: ‘The mother spider is holding onto the egg to feel if there is any activity inside. The egg is still white, so she just laid them and the hundreds of babies are still developing,’’
He clarifies that after the eggs are conceived, the Huntsman mother turns a bed of silk, at that point puts the eggs onto the bed. She at that point turns another layer outside, creating the sac found in the photos.
He said: ‘She will stay with her eggs for around two to three weeks,’
He said the isolated back of the toy truck was an ideal spot for the spider to lay her eggs.
‘Insects tend to lay in ensured zones like behind couches when there is a ton of blustery climate. In any case, within the plastic truck has a pocket of restricted wind current to secure the mum and her egg,’ He said.
As Thorpe said, Raven encouraged any individual who finds a huntsman mother to not move the insect until the children have brought hatched.