Couple’s horror after finding huge huntsman spider lurking in Amazon package

Mark and Gemma Smith (pictured) were left horrified after they found a huge spider in their Amazon delivery (Image: Triangle News)

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A couple were left horrified after they found a huge huntsman spider in their Amazon delivery parcel.

Mark and Gemma Smith ordered some Christmas decorations from the online retail giant.

The box sat in their house for two days after being delivered before arachnophobe Gemma opened it and spotted the giant, 10cm wide spider on the packing paper.

Gemma, 38, screamed and flung it across the room fearing there could be more of them inside.

She then called her husband who was at work and he raced home.

The spooked couple then found the venomous Huntsman spider dead in their conservatory.

Gemma said today: "I opened up the parcel and I said 'Holy fk'

"I literally chucked the box.

"I didn't know if there were any more in there."

The Huntsman spider pictured in the delivery
(Image: Triangle News)

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Singer Gemma is terrified of spiders after a traumatising experience as a child.

"I was in my dad's car when I was six and there was a nest of spiders in the corner.

"It burst open and they fell on me."

Mark, 45, who lives with Gemma and their three kids in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, said: "I was so shocked to see it.

"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.

"It was on top of the packing paper.

"She just chucked it in the conservatory."

Musician Mark added: "I said 'Do you know if it's alive?', but she did not know

"She just said it was massive.

"I don't know where the package came from in the world.

"It must have been alive when it got in there."

Gemma with her daughters Abigail and Isabel
(Image: Triangle News)

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There are a variety of huntsman spiders – the second largest in the world – which are native to Australia and Asia.

Spider expert Samantha Nixon, based in Brisbane, Australia said it was a Huntsman – renowned for their size and speed.

They are known to bite humans but are unlikely to kill them.

She said today: "This is indeed a Huntsman spider.

"Huntsmans are a widely distributed family.

"Although they are large and fast, their venom is fortunately harmless to humans.

"At most it causes some mild to moderate pain."

The couple – parents to Abigail, seven, Isabel, five and seven-week-old Jenson – ordered the £32.99 Set of three Light-Up Christmas Boxes last Saturday.

It arrived on Monday but it sat in their house unopened until Wednesday.

The spider was found lurking inside this box
(Image: Triangle News)

Mark posted a photo of the spider 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."

He added: "Here's my favourite line from the Huntsman Spider wiki.. .'They are able to travel extremely quickly, often using a springing jump while running, and walk on walls and even on ceilings.

"They also tend to exhibit a 'cling' reflex if picked up, making them difficult to shake off and much more likely to bite.'

"Better not tell Gem!

Pal Steve Martin said: "If threatened, a huntsman spider will "play dead", to avoid danger."

Mark added: "Better check the bin to make sure it's still there!"

The couple had ordered these decorations
(Image: Triangle News)

Jacob Squelch said: "B**y hell!!!

"I'd have been burning it, after screaming like a girl for five minutes anyway

"Hope you're raising that with Amazon.

"PS for future reference, what did she order?"

Marcin Piasecki quipped: "When I said Amazon I meant the company, not the forest, jeezus!"

Richard Jewer said: "Was the spider on the back Friday deal list?"

Amazon has been approached for comment.

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