What spider is this?
November 25, 2009
I live in Cape Town, South Africa and found this spider walking in my Kitchen last night. Can you tell me what it is and if it’s poisonous?
On my wall, in my Kitchen, in Cape Town South Africa
Dear doesn’t matter,
This is a Huntsman Spider, probably a female Heteropoda venatoria, a species that has become very wide spread in ports around the world. All spiders have venom, but this particular species is not considered dangerous to humans. The Huntsman Spiders are nocturnal hunters that will feed on Cockroaches. There are South American Huntsman Spiders that are reported to have dangerous bites.