Any spider, regardless of size, will send me running for the hills screaming bloody murder – so you can imagine my reaction to the video footage of spider large enough to consume a bat.
The video was captured by Annette Alaniz Guajardo from Texas and is truly terrifying if you’re afraid of spiders. She shot it while driving along a country road before stopping in front of her house.
This morning on my way to work I saw this on the side of my house. I love the country.Posted by Annette Alaniz Guajardo on Wednesday, August 7, 2019
As Annette gets out of the car and approaches her property, things become a little more – much more – ominous as she spots a bat. But the bat isn’t dangling from the ceiling of its own volition. Instead, it has become the prey of a spider.
That is when you see a big banana spider looming above the bat. Annette is clearly a tough woman for not running away – I would’ve set fire to my house.
Annette shared the video to her Facebook, where she wrote, “This morning on my way to work I saw this on the side of my house. I love the country.”
Response to the video has been mixed with many people expressing both fascination and horror.
One person wrote, “So these are the kind of things you see happen in Brazil, Thailand, or some kind of foreign jungle place like that, but this was outside of Annette Alaniz Guajardo’s house in POTEET TEXAS.”
Another simply stated, “Yikes f*ck.”
Yikes f**k is correct!
Owlcation reported that banana spiders, who are also known as golden orb-weaving spiders, will typically grow up to two inches in size – not including leg span. When you factor that in, some have measured more than five inches in size. Females will generally be larger than males.
Banana spiders are found in Africa, Asia, and Australia, but can also live in the southeastern US apparently. The spiders are mildly venomous, and a bite from a banana spider can cause “redness, blisters, and pain.”
They have also been known for weaving complex webs of golden silk – where their name originates from – and humans have previously used their webs in order to create textiles.
No matter what cool things they can do with their webs, I think I’m still traumatized by the video. What do you think? Have you ever seen a banana spider in real life? What would you have done if you witnessed that? Let us know.