If you have a genuine fear of spiders look away now because these photos taken in Australia are what nightmares are made of.

Pictures uploaded on Facebook by Barnyard Betty’s Rescue, an animal rescue and sanctuary located in the Brisbane Valley, show a huge huntsman spider crawling over a broom.

The photos were taken a year ago but have resurfaced on social media and this creepy crawly is freaking people out.

According to the rescuers from the animal sanctuary, the spider is female and gentle. “She is very real and very large and not photoshopped,” they write on their Facebook page.

Huntsman spider.
(Barnyard Betty’s Rescue)

The arachnid, named Charlotte by the way, is described as “a beautiful, calm spider, not aggressive in any way and like most spiders she just wanted to go about her business eating bugs and living in peace”.

“She didn’t or doesn’t need to be killed! Poor spiders are so misunderstood,” the rescue shelter adds.

Online commentators appear to be terrified, with one saying the photos were “quite literally the most horrific creature I’ve ever seen” and another adding “aren’t you glad you’re in another country?”.

Barnyard Betty’s Rescue – Timeline | Facebook

But there are others who have described the arachnid as a “beautiful creature” and are fascinated by it.

According to Animal Corner, huntsman spiders are not regarded as dangerous. In fact, they are considered beneficial because they feed on insects and are generally relocated to gardens after being rescued.

But that won’t stop us from having nightmares.