Two Missouri men have captured video of a female wolf spider carrying so many baby spiders on its back that all onlookers can do is back away and say, “Nope!”
Bobby Brown, a former Northwest Missouri State University student, caught the creature on film, saying it measured around 4 inches in diameter when its legs were fully extended, the Daily Mail reports.
In the video, which was posted to Brown’s Facebook page, he shouts: “Look at the babies on her back!” and zooms in on the spider to show its young crawling across their mother’s abdomen.
The caption reads: “Two guys have been working and crawling around on these panels for a few days and then this little lady came out to say hi.
“She was about four inches all spread out, and her body was about the size of a Gatorade cap with all of the babies on her.”
The video has since been deleted on Facebook, but can be seen below (Warning: Contains foul language):
Brown appears to be scared of the arachnid advancing towards him in the video, but overcomes his fear to let the creature go after filming it, the Daily Star reports.
“I picked her up, and took her outside. I caught a rat snake yesterday also. I took it out back and set it free,” he said.
The spiders, which are found across the state of Missouri, are known for letting their offspring ride on their back while they are young, giving them a better change of survival.
Before the tiny spiders hatch, the female will carry a spherical silk egg sac attached underneath their abdomen.
(via Daily Mail)
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the athletic creatures are also unique because they don’t spin webs to catch prey, but chase it down.
The species is also known for its excellent night vision, making them great hunters.
The department says they are found in a variety of ground habitats and can sometimes get into houses. While the spiders can bite if provoked, their bite is not known to be harmful.