- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Arachnida
- Order: Araneae
- Suborder: Araneomorphae
- Family: Sparassidae
- Genus: Heteropoda
- Species: Heteropoda venatoria
Common Name (AAS)
Other Common Names
Brown Huntsman, Giant Crab Spider, Cane Spider (in Hawaii)
Carl Linnaeus, 1767
There have been 70 confirmed sightings of Heteropoda venatoria (Huntsman Spider), with the most recent sighting submitted on January 9, 2019 by Spider ID member bitje. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 70 sightings because of certain Heteropoda venatoria sightings reporting incomplete data.
- Web: 5% of the time, Heteropoda venatoria spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 56)
- Sex: 14 female and 32 male.
- Environment: Heteropoda venatoria has been sighted 14 times outdoors, and 43 times indoors.
- Outdoors: Man-made structure (11). On flower (1). Saltwater (1). Forest (1).
Location and Range
Heteropoda venatoria (Huntsman Spider) has been sighted in the following countries: Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Thailand, United States, Venezuela.
Heteropoda venatoria has also been sighted in the following states: California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, None, Ohio, Texas.
Heteropoda venatoria has been primarily sighted during the month of April.
- February: 4
- March: 11
- April: 25
- May: 14
- June: 1
- July: 3
- October: 4
- November: 3
- December: 4
- This is a very large spider. Its leg span can reach up to 4-5 inches.
- Can be swift and sometimes aggressive but not considered dangerously venomous to humans. May bite in self-defense if roughly handled; mildly painful bite (can be likened to a bee sting if spider injects venom).
- Known for its affinity for eating cockroaches.
- Egg sac is white and carried underneath the body of the female, held by her fangs and pedipalps.
- Unlike females, the adult males have a large black area on their carapace that is divided by a thin, beige ‘V’-shaped line.