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Stomach-churning moment ‘world’s biggest spider’ drags away frog for dinner in shocked man’s bathroom

THIS is the stomach-churning moment one of the world’s biggest spiders drags away an unfortunate frog for dinner in a shocked man’s bathroom.

Sujay Shah, 25, recorded the bizarre encounter at his home in Jalpaiguri, India, where he found the duo locked in a life-or-death struggle.

The hungry huntsman sinks its fangs into its live prey in India

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The hungry huntsman sinks its fangs into its live prey in IndiaCredit: Credit: Pen News/Sujay Shah
It was snapped dragging its dinner into a dark bathroom crevice

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It was snapped dragging its dinner into a dark bathroom creviceCredit: Credit: Pen News/Sujay Shah

The science student and nature-lover was left stunned at the unusual spectacle.

“I was very happy and excited because I knew I was witnessing a relatively rare event of nature,” he said.

Jason Dunlop and Peter Jäger, arachnid experts from the Berlin Natural History Museum and the Senckenberg Research Institute respectively, agree it was a huntsman spider.

Dr Dunlop said: “In general, large spiders can and will eat small vertebrates like frogs, birds, mice, lizards and even snakes if they get the chance.

“Only the largest spiders do this with any regularity – and huntsman spiders can get quite big.

“But this doesn’t happen often – most spiders eat insects most of the time and none of them are specialist frog eaters.”

Huntsman spiders are renowned for their enormous size – up to a span of 30cm.

They live in warm tropical climates across the world in places such as Australasia, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the Mediterranean Basin.

They are common in Australia but have been introduced accidentally to parts of the US, Pakistan, India, China, and Japan.

Sujay Shah took the pics of the creepy spider, but wasn't scared of its size

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Sujay Shah took the pics of the creepy spider, but wasn’t scared of its sizeCredit: Credit: Pen News/Sujay Shah
He saw the spider dragging the frog backwards up the wall

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He saw the spider dragging the frog backwards up the wallCredit: Credit: Pen News/Sujay Shah
Huntsman spiders are found in countries with warmer climates - not the UK

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