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huntsman spider

Australia’s Giant Huntsman Spider!

Winning the title for the world’s largest (in diameter) spider it’s the huntsman spider! These critters are fast as a whip and outsize the Goliath bird eating tarantula for largest spider. The Goliath is heavier and huskier but the huntsman is larger in diameter and thinner. They are venomous but aren’t medically significant. So their bite will hurt but wont kill you; like many animals in Australia tend to want to do.

First the Stats…

Scientific name: Sparassidae
Weight: .07 ounces
Legspan: 12 inches
Lifespan: Up to 2 years

Now on to the Facts!

1.) These spiders have a 12 inch leg span!

2.) They are ambush predators that prefer to chase down their prey rather than so spin webs and wait.

3.) The huntsman spider has better eyesight than most spiders but not as keen as a jumping spider’s.

huntsman spider

4.) Huntsman Spiders are found living under loose bark on trees, in crevices on rock walls and in logs, under rocks and slabs of bark on the ground and on foliage. They also inhabit houses and outdoor toilets.

5.) A huntsman spider will eat insects, lizards, and even small mammals.

But wait, there’s more on the huntsman spider!

6.) Males of one species of Huntsman spider (Heteropoda venatoria), have recently been found to deliberately make a sound when they a female spider nearby.

7.) The females lay up to 200 eggs in a paper-like silken egg sac.

Did you know…?
They can travel up to 3 feet per second!

8.) These spiders aren’t typically aggressive but females will aggressively defend her egg sac.

Now a Short Huntsman Spider Video!

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Critter Man

With over 41 years of critter experience to my credit and hundreds of zoology teaching hours to people around the world, I have amassed not only a continuing thirst for critter knowledge but a desire to teach others all I can about the majesty and wonder of our natural world. Critter Science is a culmination of such knowledge.I have hands on as well as book acquired intel on all kinds of critters. Whether they're on land, sea, or air.I will never say that I know everything about all animals. That's impossible, even for a savant. But, that being said, ask me any animal question and I'll answer it. If I don't know the answer, I'll get an answer for you!Let it be said that I have been oft times accused of loving animals more than I love people. I can neither confirm nor deny this.

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