Subject: They taking over!!
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa.
October 9, 2013 1:19 pm
My house is being taken over by spiders… ok, I might be exaggerating a bit. I have found four of these guys in my house in the past two days. Three of them have a leg span about the size of a hand (super scary looking) the fourth a lot smaller. It’s the third image. I am in South Africa, inland and it’s early spring. I would really appreciate an identification. I just need to know if I can just keep scooping them outside or if in fact they are trying to eat me.
Dear Spider Bait,
We believe this Huntsman Spider is Heteropoda venatoria, a species introduced to South Africa, most likely on banana shipments, hence the common name Banana Spider. You can read more on the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species website.