Huntsman Spider

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Common Name and Latin Name
The Common Name and Latin Name are as follows:
Common Name (s): Huntsman Spider, Giant crab spider, Wood spiders, Rain spiders
Latin Name: Sparassidae

Huntsman Spider identification - what does it look like?
The Huntsman spider is normally a dull shade of brown or grey. Their bodies appear smooth while their legs are covered with prominent spines.

What do the Huntsman Spider eat? What is its prey?
The Huntsman Spider feed on:

  • Insects
  • Invertebrates

Is the Huntsman Spider poisonous?
All types (except Uloboridae) are poisonous! Huntsman Spiders are not very dangerous to humans, a bite can be painful causing swelling and pain but may also cause nausea, headaches, vomiting and heart palpitations.

How big is the Huntsman Spider?
The size of the Huntsman Spider ranges between a 250mm to 300mm leg span in male spiders.

Where does the Huntsman Spider live, what is its habitat?
The Huntsman Spider can be found in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Florida and Hawaii and can most likely be found in other tropical regions. They are commonly found in sheds, garages and other places that are not disturbed very often.

What is the average life span of the Huntsman Spider?
This type of spider lives on average for 2 years but may live longer.

Does the Huntsman Spider have good eyesight?
Generally speaking the Huntsman Spider has sufficient eyesight, this helps them detect the approach of humans or other large animals from some distance.

Facts and Information about the Huntsman Spider
Did you know the following facts about the arachnid commonly known as the Huntsman Spider?

  • Fact One - Females lay up to 200 eggs
  • Fact Two - They guard the eggs without leaving them, and can go without eating for three weeks
  • Fact Three - Larger spiders move very quickly
  • Fact Four - They have a rather flat body, useful for crawling underneath bark and other such hiding places
  • Fact Five - Female spiders will defend their egg sacs and young aggressively

Classification of the Huntsman Spider
Species of spiders are classified according to shared physical characteristics. Spider taxonomy is the science of finding, describing, classifying and naming organisms in a hierarchical system. This method of classification helps when a description of 40,000 spiders is required! The organization of living things have seven major categories: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. The classification of the Huntsman Spider is as follows:

Kingdom: Animalia
(Kingdom relates to the highest taxonomic group into which organisms are grouped; one of five biological categories: Monera or Protoctista or Plantae or Fungi or Animalia) :

Phylum: Arthropoda
Phyla are groups of classes. A series of animals or plants genetically connected with shared characteristics. The second biggest grouping in taxonomy. Arthropoda are jointed-foot invertebrates: arachnids, crustaceans, insects etc

Class: Arachnida
A Class is a taxonomic group containing one or more orders. Arachnid  consist of any of the eight-legged creatures, including spiders and scorpions, of the class Arachnida

Order: Araneae
A taxonomic order, within the class Arachnida (spiders)

The Subclass is nother taxonomic category below a class and above an order which helps in the classification process

Family: Sparassidea
Another taxonomic category below an order and above a genus which helps in the classification process.

Another taxonomic category below a family and above the level of species which helps in the classification process.

Specis is a taxonomic group whose members can interbreed.

Spider Exterminators - Pest Control 
Generally speaking, people do not like spiders especially Huntsman Spiders and most of all, do not want them in their homes! There are many forms of pest control and ways to exterminate spiders such as Huntsman Spiders. There are spider exterminators, services, spider zappers, spider traps, spider repeller, spider catchers, spider traps for the removal and extermination process. Advice is available on subjects such as pest controls, pest prevention, spider catchers, spider exterminators and how to kill spiders like Huntsman Spiders. Some people would like to eliminate spiders from there homes completely, this can be very difficult as an open window on a summers day will allow spiders in, even opening your front door when entering and leaving will allow pesky spiders in. It is very easy to get rid of Huntsman Spiders by catching them yourself. Its best not to kill spiders as they are very important in controlling the level of other insects that are pests.

There are many different spiders which can be found in every region of the world. This article provides details, facts and information about the Huntsman Spider including what the Huntsman Spider looks like, it's description, classification, what it likes to eat and what are its natural enemies. There are also facts and information about the size of the Huntsman Spider the habitat in which it  lives and an indication of how long it might live. Everything you wanted to know about the Huntsman Spider - facts and info for kids, children and their teachers and for everyone interested in the facts about the Huntsman Spider.

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