Gil Wizen was on a reservation in Napo Province, eastern Ecuador, when he followed a trail of baby spiders in his bedroom to find a Brazilian wandering spider and its offspring
Image: © Gil Wizen 2014)
Little did a photographer know that he was harboring a family of poisonous spiders before he noticed some tiny spiders in his bedroom and looked under his bed – only to find the mother.
Gil Wizen was on a reservation in Napo Province, eastern Ecuador, when he followed a trail of baby spiders in his bedroom to find a Brazilian wandering spider and its offspring.
The hand-sized spider had taken refuge under Mr Wilzen’s bed, where it was apparently guarding its children Day star reported.
Mr Wizen managed to snap a picture to document his face-to-face encounter with the poisonous creature.
For the spider room, as the picture is called, Mr. Wilzen received the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award for Urban Wildlife.
According to information on the award website, Mr. Wilzen used a forced perspective to “make it appear even bigger”.
After the success of capturing the moment, a daring Mr. Wilzen brought the spider safely outside.
On his blog about the photo, he said in a post that appears to be from 2014: “Not only were there literally thousands of young spiders under the bed, right next to them was one of the largest ‘non-tarantula’ spiders, I’ve ever seen
“His length was 45mm, but with his leg span it could easily cover my hand.”
Brazilian wandering spiders are more likely to roam forest floors at night than bedrooms.
They look for prey like frogs and cockroaches.
Although their poisonous venom can be deadly to mammals including humans, it can also be used for medicinal purposes.
The overall winner for this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year went to French biologist and underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta.
She managed to catch a camouflage grouper swimming around in a cloud of eggs and sperm.
Other winning photos were fighting fish, a curious underwater elephant, a calm gorilla and a beautiful reflection in a coral reef.