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A man found one of the world's most venomous spiders under his bed and it was the 'size of his hand'.
Photographer Gil Wizen noticed tiny spiders appearing in his bedroom and decided to take a look under his bed to see where they were coming from when he got a very nasty surprise.
He was staying at a reserve in Napo, Ecuador at the time and, incredibly, he was greeted by a huge Brazilian wandering spider and its offspring.
Perhaps even more incredibly, the image named 'The spider room' won Mr Wilzen a Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for Urban Wildlife.
Next up is the Urban Wildlife category. Gil Wizen @wizentrop is the winner with this incredible Brazilian wandering spider.
After noticing tiny spiders all over his bedroom, Gil looked under his bed. There, guarding its brood, was one of the world's most venomous spiders. #WPY57 pic.twitter.com/oFtDxgAO1v
- Wildlife Photographer of the Year (@NHM_WPY) October 12, 2021
Speaking on his blog about the photograph, which appears to be from 2014, he said: "Not only there were literally thousands of spiderlings under the bed, right beside them rested one of the biggest 'non-tarantula' spiders I have ever seen.
"Its body length was 45mm but with its leg span it could easily cover my hand."
According to Live Science: "Brazilian wandering spiders, also called armed spiders or banana spiders, belong to the genus Phoneutria, which means 'murderess' in Greek.
"And it's no wonder why - it's one of the most venomous spiders on Earth.
"Its bite can be deadly to humans, especially children, although antivenin makes death unlikely."
For those unaware, like in almost all spider species, the female is actually larger than the male.
Something a bit more relatable to us humans, perhaps, is that male spiders approach females cautiously when attempting to mate, according to the biology department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Live Science also claim that: "Males perform a dance to get females' attention, and males often fight each other over the female."
Who knew that spiders acted exactly like sixth formers at prom?
They added: "The female can be picky, and she often turns down many males before choosing the one she will mate with.
"Once she does pick one, the male needs to watch out; females often attack the males once copulation is finished."
To be fair, this sounds like the plot of American Pie... if it was a horror film.
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