Couple Horrified After Finding Ginormous Huntsman Spider In Amazon Parcel

by : Cameron Frew on : 21 Nov 2020 14:54
Couple Horrified After Finding Ginormous Huntsman Spider In Amazon ParcelTriangle News/PA Images

A British couple recently found an extra gift in their Amazon order – a massive Huntsman spider.

Picture the scene: a parcel from the House of Bezos slips through your door. You rip open the packaging, take out the contents and find a huge, eight-legged friend inside.


This was the fate of Mark and Gemma Smith, from Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. Gemma had two words to say at the time – ‘Holy f*ck!’

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Earlier this month, the couple had ordered a £32.99 set of three Light-Up Christmas Boxes. When the package eventually arrived, Gemma, who’s an arachnophobe, found the 10cm-wide creature among the paper.

The 38-year-old mum-of-two explained, ‘I opened up the parcel and I said… holy f*ck! I literally chucked the box. I didn’t know if there were any more in there.’ Soon after, Gemma phoned Mark in a panic.

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Mark, a 45-year-old musician, said:

I was at work she rang me and said, ‘I have just had the most scary thing happen to me’. She has arachnophobia because of this bad experience with spiders as a kid. I was so shocked to see it.

Fortunately for Gemma – and unfortunately for the spider – the arachnid was dead upon arrival. ‘I don’t know where the package came from in the world. It must have been alive when it got in there,’ Mark added.


Mark later posted a photo to Facebook, writing: ‘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.’

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Huntsman spiders, native to Australia and parts of Asia, are the second-biggest species of spider, beaten by the South American Goliath birdeater. At their biggest, giant Huntsman spiders can reach leg spans of up to 12 inches.

They’re big, fast, and good at jumping, hunting down their prey and immobilising it with a venomous bite – fortunately, they’re not particularly harmful to humans.


While Huntsman spiders tend not to be aggressive, their bite can be a bit painful, but there’s generally no serious symptoms other than some localised swelling, and maybe light nausea and headaches.

Mark added in his post: ‘Better check the bin to make sure it’s still there!’

People commenting on the photo asked what they’d ordered, so they’d know to avoid it on Amazon. One person also wrote: ‘Was the spider on the Black Friday deal list?’


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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Animals, Amazon, Huntsman Spider, Isle of Wight, spiders, UK