Comments & ID Thoughts
I think it is a Giant Crab Spider / Golden Huntsman. This is the second one I have found in my 5th wheel. (One today and the other last summer) I keep it stored in Tucson and believe that’s where they have came from. Any fees back would be great. Are they Poisonous?
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- Submitted: Apr 16, 2019
- Photographed: Apr 15, 2019
- Spider: Olios giganteus (Giant Crab Spider)
- Location: Bagdad, Arizona, United States
- Spotted Indoors: Other
- Found in web?: No
- Attributes: Dorsal
Would anyone be able to confirm the type of spider this is?
Hi. You called it correct, Olios giganteus. Tucson does have a heavy population, but they are very common from central Texas to Ca. coast and north to Oregon. Common in Maricopa county. Not poisonous, but are venomous. IF you could provoke a bite from one of these, it would be no more harmful than a bee sting. Growing up, these were plentiful at my aunts place in Orange California, I was forever playing with them. A bit of challenge to catch, but gentle giants. Autumn, most I found were nominally 3 1/2 inches across the legs, cover the palm of… Read more »
Awesome. Thank you for the feedback and information. I was almost certain it wasn’t poisonous. When I did try to catch him he was a quick little feller and was a challenge. I was still able to capture them and release them outside. I was more shocked by the size of him.
Yes, the trick is getting them corralled with hands giving them little choice but to crawl on. I think your little friend is a male, haven’t seen one to 4 inches, but close, more leg than anything. You have carolina wolf spiders also, They can have a bigger body and somewhat longer legspan, some even call them tarantulas. The palps don’t look swolen,so not yet full adult, Maybe by summer. Sadly, this may be his last season,not likely to go much into winter. Even possible is female, I would have to see the botom to be certain, females can live… Read more »