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HUNTSMAN SPIDER

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The Australian Huntsman spider belongs to the Family Sparassidae. They are known as being the “hairy tarantulas”. They are often seen inside your home on the walls or from coming out from behind curtains.

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Other Names

Tarantula & Giant Crab Spider

Number of species

Over 100 species in Australia

Appearance

  • Huntsman spiders come in a variety of colours and patterns. Commonly they are mostly brown, black and grey.
  • The body length of the male is 1.6cm and the female has a body length of 2cm, however their legs can span up to 15cm
  • The back legs are shorter than the front legs which span out sideways allowing them to walk both forward and sideways, hence the name crab spider

Lifecycle

  • The female huntsman spider lays a flat, white papery silk egg sac. She can lay up to 200 eggs at a time.
  •  The egg sacs are placed under bark or a rock and the female huntsman stands guard over her egg sac for a period of 3 weeks. During this time she will not consume any food.
  • While the female is guarding her egg sacs, she can become aggressive
  • When the time is right, the mother opens the egg sac and assists her spiderlings out. Huntsman spiders are known to spend the first 3 or 4 weeks with her spiderlings.
  • Huntsman species has a life span of about two years or more

Habitat

  • Usually be found on tree trunks, under stones, under bark, on the windows and walls inside your home.
  • Huntsman spiders are known to also enter cars & run across the dashboards
  • Some species can live between hairline cracks sandstone and granite outcrops
  • The huntsman spider feeds on a variety of insects, small lizards and frogs
  • The huntsman does not capture their prey in a web but instead stalks and run down
  • Huntsman spiders are poisonous to humans but not fatal

Predators

Predators of the huntsman spider include birds, spider wasps, egg parasites of wasps and birds, geckos and nematode worms.