What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Big spider
Location: Yucca Valley CA
March 20, 2013 9:20 pm
Hi my daughter just found this spider in her room. She is refusing to go back in.
Can you identify this spider and its she at risk off being bit by more of them at night. Are they toxic to humans?
We live in the desert
Signature: Thanks!! Kimberly

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Hi Kimberly,
This is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider, and it is most likely in the genus Olios.  North American Huntsmans Spiders and not considered harmful, though some tropical species are reported to have bites that might be dangerous to humans.  If it is any consolation to your daughter, let her know that Huntsman Spiders are shy nocturnal hunters that prey upon Cockroaches and Scorpions and other creatures that she might dislike more than Spiders.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Yucca Valley, California

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