The two-inch spider (not exactly a giant) found in Booderee National Park near Jervis Bay, South of Sydney is believed to be from the variety that lives in trees.

Until recently, only the Sydney funnel-web, one of the world’s most venomous, has been known to live in the park.

Funnel-web spiders are feared in Australia, where there have been 13 recorded deaths from bites, although none since the development of an anti-venom in the early 1980s. Don’t go running for your rucksack just yet.