Huntsman Spider

Spider almost the size of my hand
Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 6:26 AM
I found this very large, very fast, and very creepy spider this morning near the back door on the inside of the house here in east central Florida. It has me squirming and freaking out, especially because it ran away and hid and is still somewhere in the house. Please, for my peace of mind, what is that thing?
Kristina
Titusville, FL

Huntsman Spider
Huntsman Spider

Hi Kristina,
This Huntsman Spider, Heteropoda venatoria, is also known as a Banana Spider because it is believed to have been introduced to many worldwide seaport areas with warm climates from Asia with banana shipments.  The species is now well documented in Florida and Georgia according to BugGuide.  The Huntsman Spider is harmless and is a tolerated species in many parts of the world because it is a nocturnal hunter that feeds on cockroaches.

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4 thoughts on “Huntsman Spider”

  1. I live in Lakeland, FLA. (Polk County) And this Huntsman Spider, just how DANGEROUS can it be, I have 2 boy’s (3) 5 & 8 and a new born. is there a safe way to (for them and my boy’s) get rid of them, (and not the boy’s) I’m on a very low fixed income $460.00 per month.

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    • It states in the posting that this particular Huntsman Spider is harmless. According to Featured Creatures: ” It is not a dangerous spider, but a locally painful bite can be delivered to any human who carelessly handles a huntsman spider.”

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  2. Amazing I am a spider lover I catch and keep them when ever I can they are so cool I will be looking for a huntsman spider can you tell me were is a good place too look for them

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