Record-breaking floods in southeastern Australia have caused a mass animal exodus to higher ground, with spiders in particular surging onto people’s land and into their homes.

By Jack Guy, CNN

Thousands of spiders have been captured fleeing their nesting ground as heavy rain causes creeks to overflow and towns to flood across New South Wales.

A local resident photographed the massive swarm crawling along Kinchela Creek, on the New South Wales mid-north coast, on Monday. 

The arachnids are seen huddling together, changing the color of the landscape to a crawling brown. 

Spiders have been filmed emerging from the ground and crawling over fences, garages and homes as they try to escape floodwaters across New South Wales.  

Melanie Williams filmed thousands of arachnids climbing onto her fence and garage at her Macksville home, on the mid-north coast, on Saturday. 

Melanie Williams watched on in horror as thousands of arachnids climbed onto her fence as waters continued to rise at her Macksville home, in northern NSW, on Saturday

‘As the water was rising, the letterbox was going under further and further and I could see all these little black things on there and I thought ‘oh my God, they’re spiders,’ she said.  

Another terrified resident captured the spiders latching onto a park fence, turning the green coloured railing into a moving layer of black 

Sydney University’s Professor Dieter Hochuli explained spiders would be searching for higher ground to escape the floodwaters. 

‘What happens with the floods is all these animals that spend their lives cryptically on the ground can’t live there anymore,’ he said.     

Communities along the Hawkesbury River are bracing for once-in-a-generation flooding that could displace thousands of residents and disrupt utilities for months.

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