Brit couple found huntsman spider in Amazon package

A terrified Brit couple found more than they bargained for when they opened a delivery package from Amazon and discovered a huge Huntsman spider lurking inside

Mark and Gemma Smith, from Shanklin on the Isle of Wight got a very unwelcome delivery after ordering Christmas decorations from Amazon on November 14, when they discovered the hairy arachnid hidden amongst the packing paper.

Mum-of-two Gemma said: “I opened up the parcel and I said ‘Holy f***’

“I literally chucked the box. I didn’t know if there were any more in there.”

After ordering a set of light-up Christmas boxes from Amazon, the box lay unopened in their house for two days before Gemma made the grim discovery of the dead creepy crawly.

Musician Mark posted a photo on Facebook and said: “Poor arachnophobic Gem opened a box from Amazon to find this huge spider inside.

“Anyone know the species? It looks like a Huntsman but I’m no spider expert. Whatever it is, it ain’t from the UK.”

Mark added: “Better check the bin to make sure it’s still there!”

Spider expert Samantha Nixon confirmed the 10cm spider was a huntsman, known to bite humans but their venom is not lethal.


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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.


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