Photographer Gil Wizen snaps one of the world’s most venomous spiders and their hundreds of offspring to be won at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards
A photographer discovered one of the world’s most venomous spiders with hundreds of their babies under his bed.
Gil Wizen noticed tiny spiders in his bedroom and looked under the bed to see where they were coming from.
To his surprise, he was greeted by a Brazilian wandering spider and its offspring while on a reservation in the Napo province in eastern Ecuador.
The hand-sized spider apparently guarded its children and took refuge under Mr Wilzen’s bed.
He managed to snap a photo to document his face-to-face encounter with the venomous creature and it earned him a prestigious award.
The Spider Room, as the picture is called, was awarded to Mr. Wilzen as 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, which appears to be from 2014, he said, “Not only were there literally thousands of young spiders under the bed, right next to them was one of the largest ‘non-tarantulas’ I’ve ever seen . His length was 45mm, but his leg span 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 fatal 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.
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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.