Picture ID 193618

Picture of unidentified spider

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Possibly just a House Spider. Im arachnophobic so im not hanging around to check out. It dropped from the roof when i got too close, seemed to be on its web though invisible as it climbed back up onto the roof. It is bright orange so i suspect it may be poisonous.

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  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2024
  • Photographed: Feb 12, 2024
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Proserpine, Australia
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: Yes
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Hi. First, color is no indication of how toxic a spider is. What spiders in Australia that are considered medically significant are predominantly black. One with a red stripe on the abdomen, known as redback. The Sydney funnelweb is black with possibly red mouthparts. A close cousin in the northern territory is a tree dweller. Now your little friend is a very harmless huntsman spider. Sparassidae family. Probably Beregama aurea species, known as golden huntsman based on its coloring. Just to give an idea how many keep huntsman for pets or around their home, Facebook has a group: Australian huntsman… Read more »


I wish it lived in my house. Thank you for asking about it. You are handling your arachnophobia well, you were strong enough to take a photo and look at our website and you didn’t harm the spider. If the spider continues to seem uncomfortable for you please gently catch it and give it to someone who wants it for hunting insects in their house.