‘Why Australia has so many car crashes’: Dashcam captures moment huge huntsman spider scuttles across car windscreen and sparks screams of terror from two men inside
- Two Australian men started screaming after spotting a large spider in their car
- Fortunately, the arachnid in question was a harmless huntsman spider
- Australians are taught at a young age that huntsman spiders are not a threat
This is the terrifying moment two Australian men screamed for their lives after a large huntsman spider crossed the windscreen of their car.
Dashcam captured the spider in close-up shortly before 6am on August 3 as it ran only inches from the men’s faces.
In between the chilling screams, one of the men shouts out: ‘Look how big it is.’
Luckily for the pair, the driver is able to keep control of the car with is travelling at 96km/h.
The huntsman spider, pictured, looks terrifying but is only dangerous to cockroaches and insects
However an Australian motorist and his friend started screaming when the large spider walked across their windscreen as they drove at almost 100km/h
In an expletive-ridden tirade, the other man suggests the spider should remain on his friend’s side of the car.
The short clip was posted online by Dashcam Australia with the headline: ‘Why Australia has so many car crashes.’
Viewers were unimpressed by the reactions of the men in the car and their tortured screams, but saw it as a great excuse to share their own spider stories.
One commentator joked: ‘For the foreigners watching this, these are highly venomous spiders that can jump over 6 feet, have massive fangs that tear at your flesh.
‘Unlike other spiders that simply bite you, these huge spiders (the one shown was a spiderling) will drag you off into the night and devour you, the only remains are bones completely stripped of flesh.
Are not venomous
Are not dangerous to humans even though they look scary
Live for more than two years
Are sometimes called ‘tarantulas’ even though they are not related to the South American tarantula
Eat cockroaches and insects
Are timid and like to hide in dark crevices of bark or rocks
Are genuinely frightened of you
‘Beware the mighty Huntsman and our infamous drop bears.’
Dursan Sahin wrote: ‘Whoever said “huntsman are harmless”, never had one crawl out of their sun-visor and wink at you!’
Another said: ‘On my way to work yesterday morning, I felt something digging into my big toe while waiting at the lights.
‘Took my shoe off and a bloody huge huntsman crawled out.
‘Threw my shoe on the dash and it was jumping around like a madman. Had to pull over to get the bugger out. Almost had a heart attack. Funniest part is, I’d had my shoes on for at least half an hour. Surprised he wasn’t squashed.
Unlike many creatures in Australia, the huntsman spider, while looking terrifying, is not lethal. It’s bite will leave its victim with swelling and discomfort.
These are not the first drivers to have been terrorised by the unexpected appearance of a huntsman.
In May, Monique Fogarty was travelling down the Tuggeranong Parkway at 100km/hr when a huntsman spider peeped out from behind her rear vision mirror.
‘I squealed as it gave me a fright when it came out of nowhere but after the initial fright I was calm and unbothered,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I know huntsman spiders aren’t harmful and that it wouldn’t do anything until I could pull over safely.’
She added: ‘I had seen the huntsman on my car a few times over the past few months but it always managed to hide away again before I could shoo it off.’
Monique Fogarty ‘squealed’ when the huntsman spider crawled out from behind her rear vision mirror
Ms Fogarty (pictured) carefully picked the spider up with her own hands when she let it go outside of the car