Annette Gray is currently sharing her home in Australia with an unwelcome houseguest who is somewhat overbearing.
Charlotte is her name. She’s a huge spider that happened to stroll in one day and chose to remain.
Charlotte is a huntsman spider, according to Gray’s son Jake, a species that can get fairly enormous but is actually extremely friendly. Huntsman spiders do not represent a threat to humans when left alone. And that’s Jake’s mother’s attitude about Charlotte: she’s letting her be.
“Over the last year or two, we’ve watched [Charlotte] develop,” Jake told The Dodo. “[She] was never a problem to us.” She wanders throughout the home, popping up in different rooms and eating all the bugs.”
Charlotte has obviously been quite active with that activity.
“[She] is about 15 centimeters wide,” Jake said. (That’s almost 6 inches.)
“I think [Charlotte] is getting bigger,” Annette added later in a comment online.
The spider has caused quite a stir among the Grays’ family and friends, some of whom have jokingly suggested the house be burned down to rid it of Charlotte. But fortunately, Annette knows what it means to be a good host, even to spiders who moved in.
“I don’t kill them,” she wrote. “[Charlotte’s] harmless.”