Chilling ‘spider apocalypse’ engulfs entire town after heavy flooding

Millions of spiders have covered Victoria, Australia in thick blankets of cobwebs when floodwaters forced them to look for refuge on higher ground.

The spine-tingling pictures were taken in East Gippsland in the state's far east and show sheets of sticky silk covering grass, shrubs and road signs.

The caption of the images, which were widely shared on social media, reads: "If the floods weren't enough, I give you, spider apocalypse.", reports MailOnline.

This comes after parts of the region were closed off last week, following days of torrential rain which left thousands of people without electricity after power lines fell down.

Professor Dieter Hochuli from the University of Sydney identified the scary creatures as sheetweb spiders and said the sight was not unusual after flooding.

He said: "They build a web that is a little bit different to the ones we're more familiar with, like orb webs, their ones are flat and the spiders often live between two layers of webbing.

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"When we get these types of very heavy rains and flooding these animals who spend their lives cryptically on the ground can't live there anymore, and do exactly what we try to do – they move to the higher ground."

Social media users were not impressed at the sight of the 'horrific' images, with one person commenting: "Well East Gippsland can go and get f***ed."

Another wrote: "Truly horrific as you can't even burn it down."

Others were able to see the positive side of the bizarre situation, with one user pointing out: "Well we don't have to worry about mozzies for a while."

"Gonna be some fat birds," commented another.

Residents in Gippsland have embarked on a mammoth cleanup after the torrential rain finally came to a stop late last week – but weather forecasts have predicted that even more is in store at the end of this week.

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