Arachnophobes, beware: A horrifying new video is making the rounds on TikTok. Featuring a gargantuan spider lurking in the corner of a Tobago residence, the clip has left viewers stunned. So far, the post has been viewed over 307,000 times and amassed nearly 30,000 likes.
The video, found here, was posted on Wednesday by TikTok user @noobmanbanton. The brief, 21-second clip begins by showing the interior of what looks like a residence. In the corner of the ceiling, the massive, shadowy spider begins to move its legs and crawl. Though there are few reference points in the video for scale, the creature appears to measure about a foot in length.
Though the species of the spider is not entirely clear, one commenter, @Ravilall3, offered their expertise on the subject. “Psalmopoeus cambridgei, the Trinidad chevron tarantula,” they explained. According to the commenter, the species is “very common” and can get even “larger than” the one featured in the clip.
While its species remains unconfirmed, the commenter’s theory is a likely possibility. Like its name suggests, the Trinidad chevron tarantula is native to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. As online resource Tarantula Friendly noted, members of this species “are easily distinguishable by their beautiful markings,” often including “a dark green, grey or dark brown base, an abdomen with multiple chevron patterns and lighter [colored] hairs covering its entire body.”
Typically tree-dwelling, these spiders are known for their “cantankerous and aggressive [demeanor].” They are also great eaters that love “crickets, mealworms and cockroaches.” Males of the species live for around four years, while females have a whopping lifespan of about 12 years.
Notably, members of the species are sometimes kept as pets by tarantula enthusiasts. However, due to their aggressive nature and low tolerance for handling, they are not recommended for beginners.
Because the type of the spider isn’t specified, other commenters theorized that the creature may have been a huntsman spider, a species found in many areas of the globe and known as one of the largest spiders on the planet.
Regardless of its species, viewers were stunned by the humongous creature featured in the video. At the time of writing, the clip has received over 4,400 comments, many of which express utter disbelief and horror.
Several, for example, said that they would “burn down” or “throw away” the entire house.
“That would’ve been his house now,” wrote one viewer.
“That spider is bigger than my whole future,” echoed another.
One viewer, referring to the spider as a “demon,” advised the TikToker to “call a priest.”
Newsweek reached out to @noobmanbanton for comment.