Mammoth Huntsmen Spider Seen in North Queensland

Read on to find out all the facts about this Australian Spider

The Huntsmen Spider – All Your Questions Answered
Taken from a Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/Sunrise/posts/10157630948375887 “That’s the spider’s house now.” Have you ever seen a spider this big? Jake Gray posted a photo of the mammoth huntsman spider online yesterday. It’s located in Cairns, Far North Queensland.

Jake Gray noticed a giant huntsman spider the size of a face on his living room wall. He stated the spider has been growing while in his address in Cairns, Queensland.

Jake Gray originally saw the mammoth spider a year before inside his Cairns house in Far North Queensland, only to discover it had developed to a monstrous size 12 months later.
‘Check out this big girl… the mighty huntsman,’ he wrote on the Australian Spider Identification Facebook page.

While Mr. Gray appeared to be coping with the arachnid residing on his property, additional social media commenters were not as enthusiastic about the size of the spider.

‘Is this a jungle?’ One woman said.

‘Bruh, that’s the spider’s house now. Make sure they have a copy of the deed,’ another character wrote.

‘It’s going to have to start paying rent soon and contribute to the upkeep,’ one user stated.


What are Huntsmen Spiders?

Huntsman spiders, subordinates of the family Sparassidae (formerly Heteropodidae), are identified by this name because of their agility and hunting mode. They are also referred to as giant crab spiders because of their size and features.

Larger species sometimes are regarded as wood spiders because they prefer woody places (forests, mine shafts, woodpiles, wooden shacks).

In southern Africa, the genus Palystes are identified as rain spiders or lizard-eating spiders. Generally, they are confused with baboon spiders from the Mygalomorphae infraorder, which are not closely related.

The huntsmen spider video above shows that huntsmen spiders can actually be beneficial to your home, they eat bugs and cockroaches, and rats as well.

More than a thousand Sparassidae varieties occur in most warm temperate to tropical regions globally, including much of Australia and the surrounding regions, Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean Basin, including the Americas.

Several species of huntsman spider can use a unique form of locomotion. The wheel spider (Carparachne aureoflava) from the Namib uses a cartwheeling motion, while Cebrennus rechenbergi uses a handspring motion.

Huntsmen Spider Bite, size, venom, & aggression

On average, a huntsman spider’s leg span can stretch up to 15 centimetres (5.9 in), while their bodies measure about 1.8 centimetres (0.71 in) long.

Like most spiders, aside from the Uloboridae & some Liphistiidae & Holarchaeidae, Sparassidae (huntsman spider) uses venom to immobilise prey. They have been recognised to inflict severe defensive bites on people. Although the huntsman spider bite is never fatal, they are similar to a bee or wasp sting.

There have been records of various genera members such as Palystes, Neosparassus (formerly called Olios), and several others, inflicting severe bites. The effects of a bite vary, including local swelling and pain, nausea, headache, vomiting, irregular pulse rate, and heart palpitations, indicating some systemic neurological toxin effects, mostly when the bites were severe or repeated.

However, spider bites’ formal study is fraught with complexities, including irregular infections, dry bites, shock, nocebo effects, & even bite misdiagnosis by medical professionals & specimen misidentification by the general public.

It is not always clear what prompts Sparassidae to attack and bite humans & animals, but it is known that female spiders of this family will aggressively defend their egg sacs & young against perceived threats. Bites from sparassids usually do not require hospital treatment.

How dangerous is a huntsman spider and its bite?

The Huntsmen Spider Bite

Besides their very large, hairy and fearsome appearance, huntsman spiders are not considered dangerous or fatal spiders. As with various other species of spiders, they do possess venom, & a bite may produce some side effects such as swelling and pain. However, they are quite hesitant to bite & regularly try to run elsewhere rather than be hostile.

Should I kill a huntsman spider?

Do not spray huntsman spiders. They are harmless to yourself & will eat all your cockroaches. Spider wasps – which paralyse them, drag them back to a hideout, & lay an egg on them. When the egg hatches, they become supper.

The Huntsmen Spider – All Your Questions Answered

Do Huntsman spiders jump at you?

Experts say huntsman spiders creep over your face at night – but you don’t know it. What a huntsmen spider does at night will have you sleeping beneath the pillow. “Someone may likely have had prey caught on their face by a huntsman. Bushy eyebrows are the perfect hunting spot for a spider,” he said.

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Where do huntsman spiders live?

A giant huntsman was found in Laos & also Australia, and most huntsman varieties are native to Asia. They are also prevalent in Africa, Australia, & South America.

What do you do if you see a huntsman spider?

First, realise she/he isn’t going to hurt you. Secondly, find a take-away container, scoop the spider into the carton & release it outside. Huntsman spiders seldom bite humans since they rely on speed to evade most predators.

Are Huntsman spiders good pets?

If caught, Huntsman spiders are seldom kept as pets. The spiders, while not typically hostile, will bite if provoked or threatened. Pet blogs for Huntsman spider owners suggest keeping the arachnids in terrariums with cork bark & rocks & equipping them with enough vertical space on which to scale.

What do huntsman spiders hate?

‘They don’t like the scent of lemons, eucalyptus, tea tree or peppermint oils,’ he added. ‘If you coat these around the doors, it can help repel them. ‘During the day, most huntsman spiders favor resting in retreats under bark, crevices, or other shielded areas out of the sunlight.

How do you get a huntsman out of your room?

GETTING RID OF A HUNTSMAN SPIDER
Once the huntsmen spider’s on an accessible flat surface, tenderly place a cup or box over it and then slide a card between the cup or box & the surface.
Take the huntsmen spider outside, a moderate distance away from your home, and considerately set it free.

Why do huntsman spiders run at you?

Usually, huntsman spiders running towards you are irritated & scared. According to a recent survey of confirmed bites, the most common (40%) resulted from physically meddling with the spider (e.g., trying to catch it).

Where do huntsman spiders hide in a house?

Most huntsmen spiders prefer to rest in retreats under bark, crevices, or other shielded areas throughout the day. This is why so many people encounter the spiders beneath the sun visors of their cars or behind drapes in their houses because those are ideal tight spaces for a sleepy spider.

Do Huntsman spiders attack humans?

Notwithstanding their sheer size & somewhat scary look, huntsman spiders are not recognised to harm humans or be offensive and are therefore not usually considered dangerous. The bite of a huntsman spider, however, can be relatively painful & result in local swelling.

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