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Massive Huntsman Spider Cluster Turns Possum Box Into Unpleasant Surprise

One of the last things people want to discover in their home is a massive group of spiders in a forgotten crevice. Although we've often been told that spiders are good for a happy home, there's something about a whole army of them that makes that lesson very easy to forget.

I'll gladly say that I'm someone who actually likes spiders, but even I won't pretend that I'd be happy to discover a bunch of them wriggling out of a hole in the wall at once.

And yet, that's essentially what a conservation group in Australia had on their hands in a place they least expected to find them.

Last month, a nonprofit group known as Bush Heritage Australia restored a habitat in Western Australia.

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Part of their work included establishing nesting boxes they had intended as safe havens for Pygmy Possums like the one pictured here.

As the group wrote in a blog post, they observed the possums quickly taking shelter in the boxes as planned.

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What they didn't expect, however, was that the possums weren't the only creatures that would take to the boxes like a duck to water.

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As they wrote, tons of huntsman spiders of all sizes were also discovered inside the boxes.

One particularly packed nest ended up making for a photo that many considered eye-catching for all the wrong reasons.

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Although this seems like a group of spiders that would only star in someone's nightmares, the photo actually didn't capture particularly unusual behavior for the crawlers.

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This species is known to live together in large groups. The only reason we don't often see them like this is that they usually do it inside of tree bark.

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However, the restored area doesn't have a lot of usable tree bark at the moment, which is likely a real problem for many parts of Australia right now.

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So while they may not be possums, the huntsman spiders in the area have apparently found the nesting boxes an acceptable substitute until greener pastures emerge.

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As for the members of Bush Heritage Australia, they seemed surprised, but not really bothered by the sudden intrusion.

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Much as Bindi Irwin was happy to see Harriet here, the group seemed to find the clusters they discovered more fascinating than anything.

And it likely came as a relief to know that their work was helping more animals than they expected.

h/t: Bush Heritage Australia

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