GIANT HUNTSMAN SPIDER

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     The giant huntsman spider is a spider of the Heteropoda genus, (Hederopoda maxima, from maximus, meaning “the largest”). It is considered to be the world’s largest spider based on leg-span. The largest spider by mass is the Goliath bird-eater. The giant huntsman spider is typically a cave dweller and was discovered in Laos in 2001.
The giant huntsman is yellowish-brown in color with dark spots on the rear half. The legs have wide, dark bands before the first bend. The legs of the spider twist forward in a crab-like way. The giant huntsman spider is the largest member of the Sparassidae family. It has a 12 inch leg span, and a 1.8 inch body-length.

 

The giant huntsman spider can be found in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Southeast Asia, The Mediterranean, Florida, and Hawaii. They are commonly spotted in sheds, garages, and others places that are not often disturbed. The giant huntsman spiders can live, on average, for 2 years. They feed on insects and invertebrates. Though they don’t eat humans, they can bite them. Their bite can be painful and cause swelling of the bite site. The effects can also include nausea, headaches, vomiting, and heart palpitations.


If a giant huntsman spider is found in the home it should be gotten rid of immediately. Female spiders can lay up to 200 eggs, and they are not likely to leave a safe space on their own. Some experts say the best way to get rid of the spider is to catch it and release it far from the home, rather than trying to kill it. However, because these larger spiders move very quickly, catching them could prove difficult. In addition, if the spider is guarding eggs, they may become aggressive. Therefore, many people choose to employ exterminators to handle the challenges of a giant huntsman spider. An exterminator is equipped with spider zappers, repellant, and traps for the removal process. It is best not to kill spiders as they play an important role in controlling the levels of other insects and pests.

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