Nope: Australian Spider Filmed Dragging Dead Mouse Up A Refrigerator

October 24, 2016


This is a video of a massive huntsman spider in Australia dragging a dead mouse up the side of Jason Wormal neighbor's fridge in Coppabella, Queensland, Australia. Apparently Jason was about to leave for work one morning when his neighbor called him over to "see something cool." What a great way to start the morning!

"Ok guys so just letting you all know that the spider is fine. We have named him Hermie, we have adopted him and he is now running his own extermination business out of our town Coppabella. Oh and he is now paying rent. Lol."

Australian Museum arachnid expert Helen Smith, said it was unlikely that Hermie had killed the mouse itself.

"I would be very surprised if a huntsman would attack a mouse and even if it did, that the venom would be sufficient to kill it fast enough for the spider to still have hold of it," she told the Guardian.

"I am also suspicious because the mouse's tail looks quite stiff - as though it has been dead some time."

Okay, so maybe the spider didn't kill the mouse itself. Or maybe it poisoned the mouse earlier and then came back to pick it up and drag it back to its lair after it died. Whatever the case, now would be a great time for the rest of the world to declare war on Australia.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Dave M and Dozra, who agree this is proof that Australian spiders are evolving to grow even larger and more powerful while they plot their oversea invasion.

  • John Tyson

    No no no no I see something like that I am freaking out and leaving for other parts it can have the house

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Huntsmans are the most common spider (after the 'Daddy long legs') in a straya' house, We pay them no mind, they just hang about and chill, That Huntsman couldnt of killed that mouse, he/she is just being opportunistic

  • Eámonn O'Boyle

    Declare war on us? Yeah, fair enough. Just remember, we fought the Emus once and lost, and those are just birds. That's why we don't bother with guns anymore. No way are we taking on the spiders. If you guys want to, go right ahead.

  • Konstantin

    And that's in the country that effectively outlawed firearms. What do you even do with a spider like this? Pesticide or a shoe will just piss it off, and we know how using fire for killing spiders indoors goes.

  • Eámonn O'Boyle

    Nothing mate. You don't do anything except ask him which shelf in the fridge he wants.

  • Bradical Best

    yeah, my last landlord was a spider. nice guy. very mysterious.

  • BMan56

    No, that is NOT COOL! Not cool at all mate!

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    The Australians would think that's cool. God damn the Antipodeans and their tolerance of all things lethal!

  • Nico

    Haha Huntsman spiders are good to have in the house around where I live, they eat the smaller spiders that are actually the dangerous ones... Like White Tails, those things can get f*cked.

  • Meh

    Just the title and photo gave me the creeps. I'd be out of that house or; out of a refrigerator.

  • Jon

    I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. ... It’s the only way to be sure

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. ... It’s the only way to be sure

  • The_Wretched

    Boston Robotics - the challenge is before you. Make a spider bot that can haul rats vertically.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    automated, vertical rat ascension is one of engineering's Grand Challenges. just no good way of doing it so far other than water-powered, rocket toys.

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