A mum found a terrifying huntsman spider guarding her sac of eggs on her son's toy truck.
Tasmanian Brooke Thorpe discovered the venomous arachnid after her two-year-old nephew brought her the toy.
A picture shows the gigantic spider perched on top of her bulging sac containing "hundreds" of spiderlings.
Brooke said she had been watching her four-year-old son playing in the backyard when "my nephew brought me the truck to hold while he played with it".
She said: "We have her in a safe spot and once she's finished, my son can have his toy back."
She added her son was "pretty happy with his cool find" and won't be disturbing the huntsman, the Mail Online reports.
The Australian Museum website says: "The female Huntsman (Isopeda, for example) produces a flat, oval egg sac of white papery silk, and lays up to 200 eggs.
"She then places it under bark or a rock, and stands guard over it, without eating, for about three weeks. During this period the female can be quite aggressive and will rear up in a defensive display if provoked. Some species will even carry their egg sac under their bodies while moving about."
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Arachnologist Dr Robert Raven from the Queensland Museum, added about 100 to 200 baby spiders were still in the early two to three week stages of infancy.
He said: "The mother spider is holding onto the egg to feel if there is any activity inside.
"The egg is still white, so she just laid them and the hundreds of babies are still developing."
Dr Raven said female huntsmans construct homes for their newborns on a bed of silk.
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"The mother spins a bed of silk, then puts the eggs onto the bed and spins another layer outside.
"She will stay with her eggs for around two to three weeks."#
Dr Rave added the weather determines where huntsman will lay their eggs, and the secluded "pocket" inside a toy truck was ideal.
"Spiders tend to lay in protected zones like behind sofas when there is a lot of windy weather.
"But the inside of the plastic truck has a pocket of limited airflow to protect the mum and her egg."
Dr Raven encourages anyone who discovers a huntsman to steer clear and not move the mother until the babies have hatched.
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