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Watch this huntsman spider kill a mouse and never sleep again

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A mouse trap. Poisoned cheese. A cat. 

These are the methods usually employed to rid homes of rodents in the UK. But not in Australia. Lord no. They've got an entirely more nightmarish approach to doing away with little Mickey. 

Jason Womal captured the following huntsman spider - a fast moving, 25-centimetre horror - attempting to chow down on a mouse.

"So I am just about to leave for work about 0030 and me neighbour says 'You want to see something cool?' and I say 'Hell yeah'." Explains Womal on his Facebook page. "So we proceed to his place and he shows me this. Huntsman trying to eat a mouse."

Despite their terrifying size and rapid speed, huntsman spiders aren't considered dangerous to humans; their venom is potent enough to paralyse insects, small mammals and lizards, but won't cause a human too much bother. Beyond mentally scarring you for life when you find one going through your bins, that is. 

Australia. A dog-eat-dog-eat-spider-eat-snake-eat-something world. 

(Images: Jason Womal, Facebook)

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Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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