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Heteropoda venatoria with egg by melvynyeo Heteropoda venatoria with egg by melvynyeo
Heteropoda venatoria with egg sag

The brown huntsman spider, Heteropoda venatoria, is found in many tropical and subtropical parts of the world, including Asia, some Mascarene and Caribbean islands, the Southeastern US, and (especially) Australia. In Hawaii, where it was introduced, it is known as the cane spider. They are fairly large, some having a leg span of approximately five inches (13 centimetres). Although they are rather fearsome in appearance, they are very easily alarmed by the approach of humans and will very rapidly flee.

The female brown huntsman can be recognized by her stout body and the pillow-like egg sac that she often carries under her. The male typically has a slender body, longer and thinner legs, and a distinctive pattern on his carapace. Both male and female are reddish-brown to grayish-brown in color, and slightly hairy.

Brown huntsman spiders do not spin webs. These spiders are known to hunt by waiting quietly on a vertical surface (or even a ceiling) and then rushing forward when their prey gets within close range. Their exceptional agility and speed, as well as their ability to contort and squeeze through tight spaces, give them a strong advantage both in capturing prey and evading predators. They feed at night. Brown huntsmen are welcomed in some homes, as they feed on pests such as roaches and silverfish. The brown huntsman spider is also known as the "laya" in some parts of the world.

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matheustironi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I saw one of this today at the dinner room. It was 5:30 then. I still can't sleep. Had egg sac. I generally bear with spiders because at least they kill other less desirable folk like flies and other bugs. Does these spiders hunt cockroaches? Because those I like less (rationally speaking). My house must be Magical Prey Land, I see a predator everyday.

I live in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Please, answer me one more thing. Why does it scrath itself? When I got close to it, it started scratching it's legs. Almost like a fly.

Beautiful photo by the way. The spider is absolutely disgusting, but the photograph is very pretty.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Yes, Huntsman spider love cockroach :)
Huntsman spider by melvynyeo

Not too sure why they scratch but huntsman here don't have such behavior. If i were to guess, maybe its trying to flick some of its hair to the air to irritate you... like what a tarantula  would do.
www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en-GB…
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matheustironi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
This is a mistery, because I saw it do it for sure, thought it did it on it's front legs, resembling a fly. And it did so only when I got close. However, all research I did about spiders with that kind of prowess always sent me to the fatty ones. I believe I did feel something on my leg skin.

Thanks.
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thartwig Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Student Photographer
Does the female feed when she has the egg sac? It doesnt look like she can.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
You are right. Don't look like she can eat with her egg sah in her mouth. I google a little but couldn't find any answer.
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Winterous Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
I love them, they're such cute little critters ^^
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Cute yes... little... no :)This mother is about 2 inches in body length minus the legs :) Consider quite huge over here :)
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Winterous Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
They're still tinny compared to us :P
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Haha that's true! :) lol :)
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