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Snake catcher discovers spider with legs ‘longer than a toilet roll’

When snake catcher Stuart McKenzie was called to remove a carpet python from a Queensland bedroom, he expected an average day on the job.

But what the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers owner didn’t expect to find was “one of the biggest spiders” he has seen in his career.

The caller, a woman from the town of Landsborough on the Sunshine Coast, told Mr McKenzie the snake was locked in the room the day before.

So when the snake catcher opened the door, he was taken by surprise.

“Literally the first thing we saw was a huge huntsman,” Mr McKenzie said.

The spider, which was above the bed, stood out “because it was so massive“.

As the snake catcher’s eyes scanned across the room, he spotted the snake curled up on the cupboard at the end of the bed.

The woman was ready to leap into action and take care of the spider, telling Mr McKenzie: “I’ll get the bloody fly spray out.”

“I think she was pretty happy to tackle the spider herself,” he said.

“I didn’t want her to kill it.”

Mr McKenzie proceeded to catch the snake and spider and take them outside.

“In terms of its leg, it was longer than a toilet roll, the legs would go either end of the roll,” he said.

How the snake found its way into the home remains a mystery but Mr McKenzie suspects it may have come in through the ceiling fan in the bathroom.

“The cover had fallen off,” he said.

If you find a snake in your home, call a qualified snake catcher.

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Ref: 9news, news.com.au, au.sports.yahoo, Stuart McKenzie
Pic: climatewatch, 9news, reptilekingdoms, au.sports.yahoo, Stuart McKenzie

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