A huntsman spider the size of a dinner plate has been spotted with a lizard dangling helplessly between its jaws outside a couple’s dining room window.

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The enormous arachnid was snapped by Melanie Jade Ottaway at her home in Beerwah, Queensland, as she and her partner Troy James, 28, sat down for dinner on Sunday night.

They noticed they’d been joined by a huge huntsman spider – around five inches across – sitting on the glass door to the decking with a gecko trapped in its mouth.

Ms Ottaway, 29, caught the epic tussle on camera which appeared to be won by the spider.

‘We just sat down to have dinner at the dining table and noticed something massive on the glass sliding door,’ she said.

‘I got up to have a closer look and there it was, a huge huntsman with a gorgeous little gecko in his mouth.

‘It was too late to save him, so we let nature take its path. It’s creepy isn’t it, but fascinating in a strange way.’

Huntsmen spiders can grow up to 12 inches across. They typically hunt alone and wander hunting prey at speed rather than using webs.

They hunt cockroaches and other pests and are sometimes a welcome addition to a home.