A photographer from Brazil was left in complete shock after he found a massive spider, the size of his hand, breeding right under his bed.
Gil Wizen noticed the tiny spiders inside his bedroom and looked under the bed to see where they were coming from. To his surprise, he was greeted by a Brazilian wandering spider and its offspring, which was still breeding.
He came back home after some time following a stay at a reserve in Napo Province of Eastern Ecuador.
The spider, which he claims was as big as his hand, was guarding her children and was taking refuge under his bed.
The man managed to take pictures of the spider, which later help him win an award.
The spider room, the name that he gave to the pictures that he took, helped the photographer win a Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for Urban Wildlife.
According to the notes on the awards website of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for Urban Wildlife, Wilzen used forced perspective to make the picture look even larger.
The good thing is that Wilzen safely relocated the spider outside of his house without killing any of the offspring.
In his blog, 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.
The Brazilian Wandering Spider is known to roam the forest floors in the country mostly during night times.
They are unlikely to be found inside bedrooms.
Their main source of food are cockroaches and frogs.