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Vietnamese bathroom spider
Location: Hue, Central Vietnam
October 21, 2010 6:26 pm
I have often seen this guy (or gal) and others like him in damp locations inside houses, in Hue, Vietnam. Legspan included, the largest ones are about 4 inches across.The legs, at the thickest section, can be up to 3/8 inch diameter, maybe more. I haven’t ever seen them in the bedroom or living room, so I take it they like moisture. I tried to post 2 photos, but kept getting a ”failed to send message, please try later” warning. The second photo showed that the spider’s legspan matches the length of a soapdish.
Signature: curious traveller

Huntsman Spider

Dear Curious Traveller [sic],
Your spider appears to be one of the Hunstman Spiders, most probably
Heteropoda venatoria, a species found in warm ports around the world that was introduced to many new habitats because of the importation of bananas.  They are nocturnal predators that feed upon cockroaches.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

5 Responses to Huntsman Spider from Vietnam

  1. Shawn Standiford says:

    I recently came across a huntsman spider in my bathroom in Hanoi, Vietnam, hiding behind the toilet. It is very shy and quick, and seems to be larger than 4 inches across (gonna let it live inside and see if it gets larger). I suspect that’s why the cockroach population has dwindled to zero. They’re quite good at keeping the pest population at bay, so don’t kill them! They look a bit intimidating but are all help and no harm.

  2. Anna says:

    One just ran across my living room wall behind me. It was so quick and made me jump. It ran to the kitchen area behind the fridge, I’d rather have the spider than the critters it eats and it appeared to not want to be near us.
    -Vung Tau (south coast Vietnam)

  3. Karhy Woods says:

    My husband was bitten in Vietnamby a spider or some bug that lays dormant and reoccurs when the area is hit just right. He develops a black area with puss and red streaks up his arm. His hand also swells. US doctors can not explain or understand type. They treat with strong antibiotics. Dies anyone know what type this may be? Any help appreciated. This has been on going since his tour in 1072.

    • Joe says:

      It sounds like recurrent lymphangitis. The underlying problem may be a skin fungal infection or a hypersensitivity to a previous infection. I’d suggest next time it happens you see an ID physician and get pus samples to look for a fungus.

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