Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider Introduction

Huntsman spiders are large, long-legged spiders, measuring up to 15 centimetres across the legs. It is famed because the huntsman is the largest spider in the world by leg span. They are aerial species predominantly living inside tree trunks or under bark but are known to climb into peoples houses.  They are mostly grey to brown, sometimes with banded legs. Huntsmans are generally widely distributed throughout Australia and Tasmania. Huntsmans use venom to immobilize prey. They have been known to inflict serious defensive bites on humans. The effects vary, including local swelling and pain, nausea, headache, vomiting, irregular pulse rate, and heart palpitations, indicating some systemic neurological toxin effects, especially when the bites were severe or repeated. However, the formal study of spider bites is fraught with complications, including unpredictable infections and dry bites. The diet of the Huntsman spider consists of insects and other invertebrates. Huntsman spiders have recently been found to deliberately make a sound when they are given reason to believe that females of their species are nearby. These spiders have a lengthy courtship and the male is rarely attacked after mating, unlike some other species of spider. In fact, many huntsman spiders live peacefully together in large colonies.

Keywords to learn

Forage: Search widely for food or provisions

Notorious: famous or well known, typically for some bad quality or deed


About Me

Hey Kids, my name is Hadar the Huntsman spider and I am very happy to meet you. Learn more about me and my species https://www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

 

Key Data

  • Order:
    Araneae.
  • Lifespan:
    2 years.
  • Class:
    Arachnida.
  • Scientific name:
     Heteropoda maxima.
  • Mass:
    2.5 ounces.
  • Length:
     30 cm (1 ft).
  • Region Found:
    Australia.
  • Population Status:
    Least concern.
  • Current population trend:
    Stable.
  • Diet:
    Carnivorous.
  • Sexual maturity:
    10-13 months.

 

The Huntsman spider is the largest spider by leg span in the world and eats venomous spiders! wow! what an amazing spider. But remember these spiders can still hurt you !

 

Now that you know more about the Huntsman spider by learning the key data above, be sure to also to check out the fun facts. When you are finished learning the facts, try answering the questions in the Q&A corner on the bottom right side of the page.

 

 

Download questions about the Huntsman spider here: Huntsman Spider (answers are on this page)

 

 

Huntsman Spider Fun Facts for Kids

  • # 1. Adult Huntsman spiders do not build webs, however, they hunt and forage for food.
  • # 2. Huntsman Spiders are notorious for entering cars and being found hiding behind sun visors or running across the dashboard.
  • # 3. The female Huntsman produces a flat, oval egg sac of white papery silk and lays up to 200 eggs. She then places it under bark or a rock and stands guard over it, without eating, for about 3 weeks.
  • # 4. In some cases, the female may moisten and tear the egg sac open, helping her spiderlings to emerge. The mother stays with them for several weeks.
  • # 5.  Huntsman spiders, like all spiders, molt in order to grow and often their old skin may be mistaken for the original spider when seen suspended on bark or in the house.

Q&A Corner

  • # 1. By which category is the Huntsman the largest spider in the world?
  • # 2. Name 3 symptoms of a Huntsman spider bite?
  • # 3. What is the lifespan of a Huntsman spider?
  • # 4.  How many eggs does a female Huntsman lay?
  • # 5. How many weeks does a female Huntsman stay with her spiderlings for?

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