This shed has a creepy keeper that lurks in the corner
As with the majority of the world's scariest creepy-crawly critters, this spider hails from Australia. The funnel-web spider can be deadly, but according to the Australian Museum, there hasn't been a single fatality from funnel-web spider bites since an antivenom was introduced in 1981.
This is particularly impressive when you know, as LiveScience notes, that "some (funnel-web) species are among the most deadly spiders in the world." This peculiar family of spiders gets their name for the novel nets they tend to spin. LiveScience continues by noting that there are two parts to these webs — a flat portion which helps to capture prey, and a funnel that leads back to their "silken burrow."
The University of California, Davis, has a Web page that sheds a little bit more light on the nature of these webs. They describe the web as "trampoline-like" before going on to illustrate how it works,
"The spider waits in the mouth of the funnel for prey to fall onto the horizontal surface and then rushes out, grabs the prey, and takes it back to its funnel to consume."
As noted earlier, all of the spiders in this family (venomous and otherwise) are endemic to Australia. That being said, the UC Davis team notes that there are "dozens of ... spider species in California that build funnel webs," so if you're on the West Coast, keep your eyes peeled!
The spider in the clip below was lurking in a YouTube user's shed, and the clip has been viewed over 2 million times. It was uploaded by user angryrhyno, who refers to the beast as a "shed guardian." This is just another reminder that life is all about perspective — if I were in this person's shoes, I'd be on the hunt for something to guard me against the likes of this spider!