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    Huntsman Spider - (Heteropoda venatoria)

    The enormous Huntsman Spider could give anyone arachnophobia.

    Staff Writer (1/6/2016): Although this species of spider is already established in the Southeast, sometimes they stow away on produce from Mexico or Central America and land in other states in the U.S.. It prefers to live in warm climates. It is not an aggressive spider, but it will deliver a painful bite if handled and threatened.

    As part of the Crab Spider family, this spider is comfortable stretching its first 2-3 pairs of legs forward, giving it more of a crab-like appearance. They are able to walk sideways and backward as well as forward. Females are heavier, but males have longer legs.

    They are night predators, preying on cockroaches and other insects traveling the bark of trees. They sometimes make their way into houses and barns, but, in many areas, are welcomed by homeowners thanks to their diet of nuisance insects. They also eat scorpions and small bats if they can catch them.

    Males shake their legs, creating a dull, low buzzing sound in an effort to attract females. Females lay fertilized eggs in silken sac and carry it around in their jaws until the spiderlings hatch.

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    Huntsman Spider

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Huntsman Spider
    Scientific Name: Heteropoda venatoria

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Sparassidae
           Genus: Heteropoda
            Species: venatoria

    Size (Adult, Length): 19mm to 24mm (0.75in to 0.94in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow; brown; black; tan; white

    Additional Descriptors: large, hairy, biting, venomous

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Texas; Mississippi; Alabama; Georgia; Florida

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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