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Australia's biggest spider? Terrified homeowner finds a monster huntsman named Geoffrey lurking on his window - and it made such a large 'thump' that it scared off his cat

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 7/08/2018 Charlie Coe

This photo shows the terrifying moment a massive huntsman spider landed on a Sydney homeowner's window with a massive thud.

The giant arachnid, which the owner estimated as measuring the size of his palm, startled the resident and their cat last night when it slammed against his window.

The huntsman, which is renowned for its speed and abnormally large size, then made itself comfortable as it sat on the lounge window 'for a couple of hours' as the owner watched TV at their home near Marrickville.

The palm-sized huntsman spider gave a homeowner from Sydney's western suburbs near Marrickville an almighty fright when it thudded against his lounge window © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The palm-sized huntsman spider gave a homeowner from Sydney's western suburbs near Marrickville an almighty fright when it thudded against his lounge window

The scary sighting was posted by Pomohomo82 on Reddit, who said that despite being given an almighty fright by the huntsman, he doesn't plan on getting rid of it. 

They said: 'I'm not planning to get rid of it. We've got a yard with some trees and he can live out there happily eating all the other bugs.'

The Reddit user even wryly remarked that Sydney's wildlife was the least of their problems, with the city's traffic problems weighing just as heavily on their minds.

The chilling shot of the arachnid pinned against the Reddit user's window is dwarfed by few images of huntsman spiders - but a chilling snapshot of the spider crawling over a broom handle in 2016 could certainly give it a run for its money.

Last year, another Queensland resident posted a terrifying video of a huntsman spider pinned against their window while they were trying to cook their dinner.

The huntsman spiders are notorious in Australia for crawling out of car dashboards.

In 2016, a NSW man crashed his car into Lake Cathie after one of the huge critters fell on his lap and caused him to slam on the accelerator.

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