- Tradie was pumping concrete on a property in Sydney on Wednesday
- He felt the spider, believed to be an Australian tarantula, crawl up his arm
- He managed to calmly pick the spider up off his shoulder and take a photo of it
A tradie got the fright of his life when a huge bird-eating spider crawled up his arm at work.
He was pumping concrete on a property in Oyster Bay, south of Sydney, on Wednesday when the spider, believed to be an Australian tarantula, crawled onto his shoulder.
‘I felt it crawling up my arm and seen it when it was near my shoulder. I’m not easily scared but was a little freaked about the size of it,’ he said.
A tradie got the fright of his life when a huge bird-eating spider (pictured) crawled up his arm at work
Somehow the 30-year-old managed to keep his calm and pick the monster spider up and off his arm.
‘I grabbed it from the back like you would grab a crab,’ he said.
He said the tarantula, also known as an Australian bird eating spider, was ‘placid’ and he sent it on its way on a nearby tree.
The concreter posted a picture of the spider to social media on Wednesday and not surprisingly the the terrifying image attracted a number of comments.
‘Holy s*** that’s huge, probably a bird eating spider,’ one person wrote.
‘By looking at it, it will eat what it wants,’ said another.
‘Holy s*** that’s huge, probably a bird eating spider,’ one person wrote
Australian tarantulas are one of the country’s biggest spiders. Their legs can span out to 16 centimetres long.
The species are non-aggressive, but if provoked it can inflict a painful bite causing severe lines with nausea and vomiting.