Subject: Huge spider
Location: Downtown Pensacola, FL
May 10, 2016 4:44 pm
I captured and released this monster in Pensacola today. The pictures don’t show his true size. I’m pretty sure he could take down an alligator. Aside from scorpions and tarantulas I’ve never seen anything this big. What is this bug?
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Signature: Bob in Pensacola
Dear Bob in Pensacola,
Huntsman Spider and Banana Spider are two common names for your male Heteropoda venatoria, a harmless species that is tolerated in many parts of the tropics because they are nocturnal hunters that do not spin webs and that really enjoy eating Cockroaches. They are called Banana Spiders because they are the mythical Tarantulas that entered the U.S. on banana shipments for time centuries.