THE rain is known to bring out creepy crawlies but the spider that emerged after the recent rain is the stuff of nightmares.
Charlie Spagalli was at a gathering in Maidenwell, South Burnett, at a campgrounds when he came across what he believed to be a Toowoomba trapdoor spider.
With a body of about five centimetres and even longer legs the spider spanned to be bigger than a human hand.
Mr Spagalli said the photos made it look even bigger than it was but it was still a shock to come across.
"It was probably only about four or five centimetres in body size, not including the legs. It was still a rather large looking spider, being so robust," he said.
Most people would run away screaming but not Mr Spagalli.
He has a fear of spiders, like most reasonable people, but he got up close with the eight-legged creature in a bid to squash his fears.
"I didn't think I would get so up close and personal to a big meaty hairy spider so soon," he said.
"I was scared but excited as it was a beautiful animal."
He then released the spider, placing it away from the campgound so nobody would hurt it
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