A NSW woman was shocked to discover an enormous spider hiding under the door handle of her car.

When Christine Jones returned to her parked car in Armidale, in the state's Northern Tablelands, she discovered her new eight-legged friend had taken up residence.

She shared images of the shocking find to the Australian Spider Identification Page on Facebook.

"Thought it was hairy caterpillars at first. Haven't used my car for a week," she wrote.

"Saw it at the last moment."

Images show the huge arachnid tucked up under the handle. Only a few of its legs are visible.

Christine Jones posted the image to Facebook that shocked users. Picture: Facebook
Christine Jones posted the image to Facebook that shocked users. Picture: Facebook

Many users responded with tips on how to remove the spider, while others suggested Ms Jones might need to hand over ownership of the car.

"Get a twig and push it out," one person suggested.

"Sorry but it's not 'my' car now, it's the spider's," another wrote.

One said: "Just buy a new car. Forget about this car. It's gone."

Others suggested the "poor thing" might have been seeking shade during the heatwave.

Many pointed out that the spider was likely a banded huntsman.

Originally published as Frightening find in car door handle



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