Comments & ID Thoughts
Believe this spider is Olios Giganteus.
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- Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
- Photographed: Apr 15, 2018
- Spider: Olios giganteus (Giant Crab Spider)
- Location: Anza , California, United States
- Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.),Desert area
- Found in web?: No
- Attributes: Dorsal
That ID appears spot on to me, great picture!
Thank you. Do you think male or female? It is gigantic, I’m keeping one eye on it.
The pedipalps look a bit small for a male, if it’s already a decent size. So I’ll go with female tentatively.
Awesome. I haven’t ever seen a spider this big. Are they poisonous?
It is just resting in the light can fixture, I turned the light off to get the picture, and then turned it back on for her. I think she likes the warmth and the cover
Hi, and welcome to the site, Yes, you called this correctly, certainly female, and they are no more a treat than a honey bee, that is IF you can provoke one to bite. I played with plenty of these when I was younger, but I will say this seems to be a darker morph from what I am familiar with.
Heteropoda venatoria has been introduced to the southland now also,but doubt that would be the case.
If videos are permitted here, this is much what I have encountered:
If you spook them, they are fast.
That was a neat video. Thanks 🙂 she is still in the light can. I’m not sure why but maby it’s just warm in there, so keeping the light on for her.
Hi, it isn’t so much the light as the heat which attracts bugs. A huntsman living in my room, chilled on the wall up high, mainly where moths are flying and likely mites on the wall. A bit warm near ceilings.
He would sit for hours, move a ways and sit some more. What is cool about these is they can hunt in pitch dark, catch a moth in mid flight. These Olios like yucca plants for the bugs around those.
She is pretty cool. I keep checking on her. She keeps moving her legs in a weird shape tucked in to her body and will sit like that all day. I am concerned that she is stuck in the light can now, because there isn’t a web and there is no food for her. I also think she might be getting ready to lay down her egg sack? I wish I could upload more pictures so I can get some advise. She is just too cool.
Hi, I never kept one of these for pets, a similar spider in Florida would take a moth from tweezers as long as you are slow. She doesn’t look big enough to be gravid, but could be getting ready to molt. Can’t guess age here but past juvenile.
The only web these make are dragline silk or a sleeping bag where they overwinter.