No More 'Squishing' Pleads Spider Enthusiast as She Showcases Growth of Baby Huntsman

Arachnophobes look away now. A woman in Queensland showed off how much her pet baby hunstman spider had grown in just a short period of time in a recent Instagram video, in the hopes that people will think twice before “squishing” them.

Lisa Van Kula Donovan, a resident of Torbanlea, regularly shares interesting moments with her collection of arachnid and insect pets to social media.

In this particular clip, she wanted to demonstrate how big her huntsman — named Charlie Tickles — had grown.

The beginning of the video shows a teeny tiny spider resting on Van Kula Donovan’s finger, and transitions to a clip of a much-changed Charlie Tickles, who is now almost the size of four fingers.

That isn’t a fully grown Charlie Tickles either though, Van Kula Donovan notes in the post. According to the Australian Museum website, huntsman can grow to have a leg span of up to 15 cm.

“When she is adult I’ll be making a video showing the stages of growth in order to better help people understand how long it takes for them to grow to hopefully change their minds about squishing them,” Van Kula Donovan writes.

Her Instagram account, with the apt title of wannabe_entomologist, boasts over 47,000 followers. Credit: Lisa Van Kula Donovan via Storyful

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