Reddit User Shares Terrifying Photo Of Back Yard Spider That Looks Like 'Aragog'
If you thought the annual autumn invasion of spiders was bad enough in your house, a photo recently posted on Reddit shows things really could be a lot worse - as someone stumbled across one that looks so terrifying, it's been compared to Harry Potter nemesis Aragog.
Reddit user u/noobshifu69 shared a snap of their eight-legged friend, asking if anyone had any idea about what type of spider it was.
They wrote: "What spider is this? Found it in my backyard."
While they didn't mention whereabouts they live or how big the spider was, many of their fellow Reddit users could agree that it didn't look like something you'd want to find hanging around the home.
"Isn't that the spider from Harry Potter?" one asked, to which another user responded: "Aragog, my old friend."
A third said it looked like 'one that wants to ruin your day', while a fourth said it was a 'big scary boi'.
One even added: "He almost looks cute, like if you just look at his eyes/face only. But as soon as you see them lanky legs... Shudder."
But while most of the people commenting on the thread couldn't see past the creepiness of the spider, a couple of others had a stab at identifying it.
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"I think that is a wolf spider," one said, with another backing them up.
According to National Geographic, wolf spiders (Lycosidae spp.) are the 'sprinters of the spider world'.
"Most of the thousands of species in this family don't spin webs; instead, they chase and pounce on their insect prey like the wolves that inspire their name," the website says.
"Once wolf spiders catch their prey, they either mash it up into a ball or inject venom into it, liquefying the internal organs into a wolf-spider smoothie."
Wolf spiders also have 'eight dark eyes' arranged around their heads, with two larges ones gleaming from the top of the head, two more peering out the front and a further four smaller eyes forming a row just above the spider's mouth.
National Geographic says the creatures have 'figured out how to live just about anywhere', with some species found on cold, rocky mountaintops, while others live in volcanic lava tubes.
"From deserts to rainforests, grasslands to suburban lawns, wolf spider thrive; there's likely one nearby," the website adds, somewhat chillingly.
Featured Image Credit: Reddit - u/noobshifu69
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