The Huntsman Spider: Is His Bite Dangerous to Humans?

by BobinOz on November 5, 2010

in Australia's Bad Things

Once a year, around this time each year, we have our house sprayed for pest control. It costs around $250 and I wrote about the last time we had it done in my post called Good News for Those Scared of Australian Spiders and Creepy Crawlies.

Time, I think, that we have it redone.

But before I move on to today’s post though, I want to reiterate that I do see far fewer spiders in my home here in Australia than I ever did back in England. Maybe that is down to the treatment, either way, spiders here are really not that big an issue. That said…..

An Encounter with a Six Legged Spider.

It all started when I went into the laundry room, not to do laundry, of course, but it’s where the beer fridge is. Just as I was about to open the fridge door, I saw something large and ugly out of the corner of my eye.

huntsman spider The Huntsman Spider: Is His Bite Dangerous to Humans?Yes, it’s a Huntsman spider.

Now, in my early days after arriving here in Australia I think I would have cruelly and painfully ended this arachnid’s life by spraying him with Raid, the insect equivalent of sulphuric acid. But today, as I always used to do in England, I went to grab my glass and piece of card to capture him humanely. The only difference between here and England is my glass is bigger.

He wasn’t easy to catch, as I stood on the stall and stretched towards him, he dropped to the floor. He landed just to the left of my beer fridge and if he’d had any sense, he would have crawled right under it. But no! As I have found with most spiders, if you stare at them they stand still.

So I stared at him, and he stared at me. We stared at each other. With his eyes fixed on mine and with the speed of a Wild West gunslinger (sort of) I swiftly placed the glass over his head.

Gotcha! huntsman in glass The Huntsman Spider: Is His Bite Dangerous to Humans?I then took him into the garage and dropped him into the no longer used salad drawer, ironically from the beer fridge under which he could have escaped me, so I could get a better picture of him. I’d heard the Huntsman has rather large fangs and wanted to take a look. huntsman fangs circled The Huntsman Spider: Is His Bite Dangerous to Humans?I’m no arachnologist, but I’m thinking those big things I’ve circled in red are his fangs. My, they are big aren’t they? And I can only count six legs, has this guy been in a fight? With the photo shoot over, I released my Huntsman back into the wild. Well, my front garden. huntsman released The Huntsman Spider: Is His Bite Dangerous to Humans?So he is now freely roaming Australia again, but it isn’t just Australia that gets the Huntsman spider. Virtually every country south of the equator, and a few more besides, also has the Huntsman.

Is the Huntsman spider dangerous?

Yes, if you are an insect or maybe even a small lizard or gecko. They sometimes even eat cockroaches; in my book that makes him a good guy! But harmful to humans? No. A bite from a Huntsman spider on a human may cause some local swelling and a little bit of pain, but it would be gone within a day or two. But the Huntsman is very timid and way too scared of humans. Expect him to run away, and fast!

So in reality, they look far more frightening than they are. And that, in many ways, is the problem. Beware! These spiders can grow larger than the size of adult human hand, with hairy legs too, so yes, they look scary. And they like hiding in little small spaces.

Imagine driving a car when one falls down on your lap. Nobody can really know for sure how many car drivers have driven into walls, other cars, trees or buildings because of one of these otherwise harmless spiders. So under those kinds of circumstances, yes, the Huntsman can kill (indirectly) a human.

I know it’s not easy, but the trick is not to panic. Like this guy……

Although I think that was a little bit staged, don’t you?

So how do you cope if you’re driving a car and a Huntsman unexpectedly drops in? This video demonstrates both the right way and a wrong way….

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{ 79 comments… read them below or add one }

Jerry October 27, 2011 at 3:27 am

Hi, those are the palps you’ve circled in red, not the fangs.
The palps are a sensory organ on spiders.

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leu2002 October 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I agree

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leu2002 October 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Yeah , no offence but i work at a spider lab and those are pulps NOT fangs! – Sorry to be a party pooper

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BobinOz November 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Well I did say I’m no arachnologist. Fangs sound more exciting than palps, but palps are less scary. So I suspect we’re all glad they are palps.

Explains why the Huntsman is harmless. Or is it?

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Nina December 9, 2011 at 11:03 am

Their fangs are actually quite large, and can be painful (trust me)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/19/Huntsman-spider-in-hand.jpg

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BobinOz December 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Are they fangs? Others say they are palps. Not sure it matters much if they hurt all the same.

Have you felt the pain Nina?

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Matt January 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Those dark black things with the little hooks on the end are the fangs, the small leg like things on the side are the palps.

The worst thing about these guys is definitely their speed, nothing scarier than having one bolt out of nowhere when you’re on the toilet at 3 in the morning :P

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BobinOz January 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Yes, they are fast, aren’t they? Not nice when you get one in the car!

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Michael January 1, 2012 at 8:48 am

Interesting line you wrote about the legs of the spider :)

And I can only count six legs, has this guy been in a fight

Well Done (Y)

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BobinOz January 3, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Maybe he won? Maybe the other guy lost more than a couple of legs?

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Ammar February 8, 2012 at 5:19 am

is it fangs or palps

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BobinOz February 8, 2012 at 11:48 pm

That’s what I want to know!

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abigail March 16, 2012 at 12:52 am

i am scary :( lol

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BobinOz March 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm

No your not, scary people do not lol, they mahaha!

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james June 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

yeah those are pdipalps, the fangs are between them and are in more of a pincer shape, the bite from a huntsman can hurt a bit and will often draw blood but is not dangerous (i’ve been bitten dozens of times and will probably be bitten dozens more.

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BobinOz June 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Somebody commented elsewhere that they were advised to get a tetanus jab after being bitten by a redback, so if a bite draws blood, that may be something to consider.

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Rick Boutcher October 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Hello. . .
My wife and I live in Carosucan Norte, Asingan, Pangasinsn in the Philippines. About a year ago I stepped into the bathroom and, my goodness, there was this spider the size of my hand hanging out on the wall by the shower. I took its picture and did an bit of research, finding out that it was a male Huntsman Spider, not harmful to Humans (Did not say they will not bite!! Anything that feels endangered will bite).

So I figured that what this very large spider was actually doing in my bathroom was asking for the the position of Staff insect and bug controller. Gave him the job and even gave him a name. We call him Harry. All the staff house maids and family have been told to leave Harry alone as he has been given free run of the house.

Every once and a while you can hear one of the house maids of family say, “Hello Harry.” He is really something to see and one night I had the opportunity to have a really up close and personal encounter with pictures. Be glad to share.

As for the insects and bugs in the house? Harry does a great job.

Rick

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BobinOz October 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Ha ha, that is funny! Every house should have a Harry, it would save $200 or so each year for that pest control treatment. Does he really take care of everything? What would happen if a Harriet turned up, lots of little Harrys? Am I thinking this one through too much?

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Bev October 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Is a bite from a Huntsman harmful to a dog?

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BobinOz October 30, 2012 at 9:26 pm

No, I wouldn’t think so. But a bite from a dog on a Huntsman would be pretty harmful to the spider.

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Abibee April 20, 2013 at 7:48 am

I can’t stand spiders so when a huntsman the size of my head decided to invite itself in I set my Irish Setter on it. My dog did a great job of protecting me and went for it catching it in his mouth! The spider bit him and he yelped and dropped it but his mouth and face swelled up so badly I had to take him to the vet! She told me huntsman can be poisonous and cause a reaction in dogs but not kill them. My dog was certainly affected by the bite and I felt awfully guilty. At least I know now my soppy dog will protect me, from spiders at least anyway!

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BobinOz April 21, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Well, you live and learn. The Huntsman spider is not venomous, but it’s bite can be painful. So I’m surprised the vet has used the word “poisonous” and that dogs can get a reaction.

I do understand though that a bite in the mouth from the spider would have been very painful to your brave dog, maybe you should invest in some insect spray?

Glad your dog is okay though.

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Dillon January 3, 2013 at 8:12 am

oh god if a spider that size was crawling on me i would freak out like a little girl!!!

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BobinOz January 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

High pitch screaming? You’ll scare the spider!

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Dillon January 4, 2013 at 10:54 am

i know but i do like jumping spiders

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Ashlee Foster March 23, 2013 at 11:56 am

I’m headed to the Philippines soon and I have arachnophobia something terrible. Someone kill me now.

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BobinOz March 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Take a deep breath Ashlee :-)

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claire April 9, 2013 at 11:38 am

Well thought I better comment on huntsmans seeing not 20 minutes ago i had the terrifying experience of being bit by one on the hand. And I will add it was hard to find my hand for its size, anddddddddd it hurt like crazy when he latched on. Needless to say I screamed my Bullarab/mastiff took offf like a bat out of hell (hmmm so much for protecting me lol ) and I did the wartoosy on his body. Sorry to any spider lovers but he scared me and I can tell you it hurt and natural predator instinct kicked in and the boot did the rest of the work ….oopppsss poor dead harry lol.

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BobinOz April 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Yes, the Huntsman spider rarely bites, but when he does, it can hurt!

As for that spider, whilst I would never condone the senseless killing of an innocent creature, let’s face it, he started it! Live by the sword, die by the sword, he had it coming to him.

And your boot delivered!

Hey, lucky you had that week tough dog to protect you :-)

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Meek April 16, 2014 at 4:54 am

On a scale of 1 – 10, what would be the pain factor? :) cheers

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BobinOz April 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I’ve never been bitten by a Huntsman, so I don’t know. I suspect it might be different for everyone, but if Claire is still around, maybe she can tell us.

Claire, are you there?

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mindi fay May 17, 2013 at 6:33 am

You all might laugh at me but we just bought a house up here about an hour away from Yosemite National Park up in Greely Hill. We discovered a couple encounters with a spider. Example Yesterday I went into the shower and felt a string of web across my face and looked up. A huge spider on the granite wall above my head..rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I hate spiders, biting ones anyways…:) and ran out, got a glass and took pictures of it. I have been researching on a lot of different spiders, It’s def not a brown recluse which I thought right away, this spider has four eyes on top and four on bottom row and had a violin shape on its head but was not dark enough to be a brown recluse. So I came across this Huntsman spider and was relieved. This spider compared to a brown recluse is nothing in bite. It might hurt like hell but lease your skin does not start to rot and start eating away and could cause the victim to lose a limb. Thank you all for your information and comments…it was all helpful :)

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BobinOz May 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I’ll take a Huntsman spider over a brown recluse any day, I’ve heard about those things, nasty! So you get Huntsman spiders in California then? Anyway, glad I was able to put your mind at rest.

Cheers, Bob

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J-MAN May 29, 2013 at 8:04 am

Hello.
I caught a huntsman spider and I’m keeping it as a pet.
I am aware of what it eats and stuff but my concern is to whether
I should keep it as a pet and if so, what can I do to make it blend
Into it’s natural habitat

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BobinOz May 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm

The best way for it to blend into its natural habitat is to set it free :-) Other than that, I can’t really help, I’ve never kept a Huntsman.

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Tralee June 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I have to agree with quite a few here. Those “fangs” are palp’s. To be slightly crude they are, with the male anyway, full of semen. (According to David Attenbrough). But no matter what they are, they give me the heebie-jeebies. As u can guess I’m not a huge fan of spiders

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BobinOz June 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Yeeww! I preferred fangs!

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Paul July 11, 2013 at 2:17 am

I have seen a huntsman the other day and it was in our bathroom.. It has only six legs, maybe there’s a huntsman species that only have six legs?

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BobinOz July 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

No, it must have been the same spider that I saw, where do you live :-)

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Din September 9, 2013 at 6:45 am

I reckon a cockroach bite is more painful than a bite from this critter.

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BobinOz September 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Unless there is a Huntsman in the house who eats the cockroach before it bites you. Problem solved.

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Anali September 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Well I live in Arizona, today had an encounter pretty similar to yours except it was on the floor and my kids were playing barefooted by it when i hear them screaming… It was about 2 inches long or so, but seemed bigger to my eyes… Had never heard of a 6 legged spider and even thought it had lost the other 2 legs… creepy spiders! Do you think there might be any more around my house since i found one??? Great blog very helpful and funny! :)

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BobinOz September 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I really doubt there will be any more six legged spiders round your house, I don’t think you’ll be troubled by them any more. Eight legged spiders though, that’s a different story :-)

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Sarah Quirk October 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Is it true that when you go to the toilet in Australia there are tiny spiders living round the seat? And if these bite you can die???? Or is my Grandma scaring me into not moving to Oz??

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BobinOz October 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Wait until Granny tells you about the drop bears :-)

I’m afraid the old and wise one is pulling your leg, nobody has died in this country from a spider bite since the early 1970s which was before we had the correct treatment in place.

Grandma is indeed trying to scare you.

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Jessy March 3, 2014 at 7:47 am

Well, once when I went to the toilet and something felt wrong, so I lifted up the toilet seat and a spider (only a daddy long leg) was on the bottom of the toilet seat. But if that was a different spider and I didn’t check, I could of have had a bad time.

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BobinOz March 4, 2014 at 12:38 am

See, there is an argument for us blokes leaving the toilet seat up :-)

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Sarah Quirk October 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Lol!!! Thank you for answering my ridiculous question :-)

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BobinOz October 3, 2013 at 12:57 am

In Australia there are no ridiculous questions :-)

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JustJenna October 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Sarah, maybe your Grandma was trying to keep you from sitting on the toilet seat – that’s a bit awkward for a girl, now isn’t it?

I live in the southern part of the main island, Honshu, in Japan – a big old Japanese farmhouse, and we have Huntsman Spiders in legion. I leave them alone; they’ve as much right to this place as I do. And besides the Huntsmans, the smaller web-weaving spiders as well – you would not believe the other pests they get rid of for us!

Growing up, I was taught that it’s bad luck to kill spiders, so please mind that.

What I’d be rid of most swiftly are the horrible mukade – Japanese centipedes!

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BobinOz October 30, 2013 at 12:21 am

What, these things…

My thanks to Wikipedia for the image.

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Shakesfirst November 5, 2013 at 12:36 am

I was in an RSL in Canterbury, a suburb in Sydney, when a huntsman walked across the till and the staff trapped it under a glass and stopped serving drinks, a bloody sin, until they could figure out what t do with it. Easy, I reached over the bar and walked it on to my hand went outside and let it go in some shrubs. They still charged me for the beer though.

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BobinOz November 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

They stopped serving beer!! You had no choice, you had to do what you had to do.

Yes, I have a friend who I have seen pick up a big Huntsman before and move it out of the house, it’s not something I highly recommend as I believe they can bite, but having said that, your Huntsman didn’t bite you and neither did the one my friend picked up.

I don’t think I could bring myself to do it though, no matter how many beers I’d had :-)

Cheers, Bob

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Jack December 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I have terrible arachnophobia. I was taking the bins out and I was emptying the recycle and I saw a spider there. WASN’T A HUNSTMAN! So I crapped myself and screamed like a little girl right into the laundry and then realised there would be more there so I ran out and almost backflipped onto the couch. My parents told me to spray it but I said NO WAY! A: I don’t want that bloody thing to move and B: I am not going back to the bins for another 24 hours so you can do it.
I’m not very tough when it comes to spiders.

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BobinOz December 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Take some deep breaths Jack, everything will be alright. As you probably noticed, spiders don’t chase humans, running away is a good plan. You’ll probably want to get that screaming under control though :-)

Cheers, Bob

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Rick Boutcher December 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Hello everyone, I have been reading the comments about the Huntsman Spiders and I thought I should come back and give you all an op grade on Harry. In case some of you do not remember or do not know, Harry came to my house in Carosucan Norte, Pangasinan, Philippines, looking for a job as the insect and bug controller. We, my wife, Priny, and I gave him the job. At the time Harry was the size of my hand. Time to time we crossed each others path. This hiring of Harry took place in August of 2012. From the research I have done in regard to the Huntsman Spider, they live about two years.

BobinOz made a comment to my introduction of Harry, his comment questioned, “What would happen if a “Harriet” (Female) Huntsman Spider showed up?” Well I am happy to announce that Harriet has, more than likely, showed up and while we are not over run with Huntsman Spiders, we have noticed that there are a few young ones also working at the house. Nice that Harry is keeping the pest control position in his family.

I have had Harry stand in my hand and I woke up one night to the feel of him walking across my chest. Felt good to know that he was looking over me and my wife while we slept. He and his offspring are doing an excellent job of keeping our house (very big house) relatively bug and insect free. I will tell you all that I do not recommend you trying to handle a Huntsman Spider. But I will tell you that all the times Harry and I have come into close contact with each other, I respect him and he respects me. Slow motion approach to his front lets him know that I mean him no harm.

Well, it has been fun talking to you all once again and hope you got a chuckle and a little insight into the very comfortable relationship that can be developed between your family and the family of a Huntsman Spider. You give them a nice house to live in that offers no threat to them; they will keep your house free of annoying bugs and insects.

Everyone have a great day.
Rick

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BobinOz December 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Hi Rick

Wonderful news about Harry, and Harriet. Thanks to them you now have a small team of Huntsman Spiders patrolling your house and keeping those bugs at bay. I have to say, it certainly an environmentally friendly way of pest controlling your house, much better than the chemicals I pay $200 a year for.

It’s a good plan, but I can’t see many arachnophobes following suit.

Interesting that the spiders have stayed though and not ventured outside, obviously they are very happy where they are.

Cheers, Bob

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Laura February 8, 2014 at 2:07 am

I had just washed my face and started to
venture into the bathroom and I look down and spot a huntsman
venturing out of the bathroom. We both saw each other and freaked
out. I spilt my milk some landed on the huntsman he ran and hid on
the wall behind the towel. I told my boyfriend about him and when I
left his room I spotted another huntsman outside his door.

I’m guessing these two huntsman may be the parents of all the baby
huntsman I have spotted on the toilet and bathroom walls. I spotted
eight on the walls in the bathroom and eight on the walls in the toilet.

I have never seen this many huntsmans before in my life.

Oh and we also have the ones who get into fights and end up missing
a couple of legs.

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BobinOz February 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Sounds like Huntsman Manor, your place.

Rick, below, has some advice about keeping Huntsman around the house…

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Rick Boutcher February 8, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Hi there everyone, it is I, Rick Boutcher with the family of Huntsman Spiders working in my house (Two Winds Estate) in Carosucan Norte, Asingan, Pangasinan, Philippines.

As I have have said in my past posts in regard to Harry, he and his family do a great job of controlling the insects and bugs in our house. While I have no fear of Harry or any of his family, that does not mean that everyone is the same as I. For sure there are many people who are absolutely backed up when encountering a spider the size of your hand. I will admit that the first time I ever met Harry, man he back me right up!

In response to the question the seemed to be the topic of the e-mail I just read. The question, “Is the bite of a Huntsman Spider harmful to humans?” From all the research I have down on Harry, having given him free run of our house, the answer is no. But! That is not saying that a bite from a Huntsman Spider will not hurt. It will for sure hurt, much like getting stung by a large, angry Hornet. But the venom of the Huntsman Spider is not toxic to humans. Will cause redness, maybe nausea, pain and swelling, but it will not destroy the flesh like some other insect venom will.

My advice to all. If you encounter a Huntsman Spider, let him or her be. Buy the way a male Huntsman Spider is much skinnier then the Female (Oh I hope Harriet did not hear me say that! heheheh). You do not look anything like what a Huntsman Spider eats and the only way that you could possible get bit by a Huntsman Spider is by trying to capture it or kill it. Does not matter what kind of living thing something may be, put that living thing into a life threatening position and they will defend themselves.

I know that most people are freaked out by spiders and to encounter one the size of your hand is like something out of a nightmare. But for sure, in reality, a Huntsman Spider is your friend.

You all have an outrageously great day. . . . Oh. . Harry from Two Winds Estate, Carosucan Norte, sends his regards.

Rick

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BobinOz February 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm

It’s been a very long time since I last had a Huntsman spider in my house, which is understandable, I do get regular pest control treatment so my house isn’t very inviting for them.

Even if we didn’t have pest control and took on some Huntsman lodgers, I’m afraid our two cats would never just let them be. They would be climbing the walls to get at them. So my house will remain Huntsman free, but I can see the advantages.

Thanks for the update Rick, take care, Bob

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Rick Boutcher February 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Hi Bob. . .
I think one of the things that sort of bonded Harry and I was me rescuing him from our cat Kato. Kato had him under his paw and I just happened to see it. I scooted Kato and picked up Harry and put him on the table in the Master Kitchen. It is at this time that I had the amazing photo op with him.

In the encounter with Kato, Harry lost his right rear leg. But like a Crab or a Lobster, a Spider will regenerate lost limbs. Not sure if you know it, but a Spider like a Crab or Lobster must shed its skin in order to grow.

Two Winds is not over run with Huntsman Spiders, I think there are about six of various size. Have not seen Harry himself in a while and fear that his life span of about two years may have expired. But his offspring maintain the bug and insect control in the house.

Everyone have a outrageously great day. . .

Rick

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BobinOz February 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Rick, I’ve just emailed you, if you send me your photograph of Harry I will put it online here. Cheers, Bob

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BobinOz February 14, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Okay, the pictures are in (thanks Rick). Are you all ready? It’s time to…

Meet Harry the Huntsman Spider

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tony March 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

i have picked up a few huntsmans they are harmless and to prove a point to all my friends i placed one on my face all it done was crawled up on my head, o never kill them i let them roam around my house freely never have to use fly spray at all do a good deed they are harmless dont kill them

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Rick Boutcher March 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Ahhhhhhh. . . Another Huntsman household. . .
Tony. .
I am Rick Boutcher and I have had a family of Huntsman Spiders living in my house for the past three years. They do a marvelous job of keeping the house bug free and in return my entire family and the housemaids know to give them free run.

Indeed they are harmless in regard to their venom being toxic to humans. How ever, like all things, put it into a threatened position and it will protect itself and while the bite is not toxic to humans, from what I have read, it hurts like the dickens. But as long as you treat the Huntsman Spider with the same respect, he or she will show you, there is absolutely no problem.

I have had Harry (You might want to check out the link Bob made for Harry) in my hand several times and he is as comfortable sitting in my hand as I am having him sit there. But again, handling a Huntsman Spider is not something I recommend for everyone. I am just one of those crazy people. But for sure, as Tony has said, “Don’t kill them!” They are one of the best things you can have in your house.

Have a great day. . .
Rick and Harry

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BobinOz March 5, 2014 at 1:16 am

I agree with you both wholeheartedly, never kill one of these spiders, they are good guys. They clean up the ugly little critters you really don’t want around, but with humans they are timid, non-aggressive and as Tony and Rick have both said, very gentle and calm if you pick them up carefully yourself.

Having said that, I have to admit that I have never picked one up, but I do hope one day that I find the courage to do so. I’ve seen a friend of mine pick one up and take him outside and gently put him on a wall, no problems at all.

One day I hope to be able to do the same if I can pluck up the courage.

Like Rick though, I’m also not recommending that everyone go around picking these spiders up, because they can bite and I have also heard it can smart a bit. Nothing wrong with letting them be though.

Cheers, Bob

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james hoggard March 26, 2014 at 12:40 am

is there such thing as small huntsmen spiders cuz the one u have in the videos r huge!

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BobinOz March 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I’m sure there is, and I suspect they are called ‘babies’. I’ve never seen one though, I suspect they grow up pretty fast :-)

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BobinOz March 27, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Hi James and all

I’ve got an update for you. Rick Boutcher (see comments above) allows Huntsman spiders to stay in his home in return for them clearing up his less wanted critters. He saw your comment come through James and has kindly provided us with a photograph of a baby Huntsman, freshly taken just yesterday.

She’s a real beauty and this little baby already knows what her job is, when Rick rescued her from the bathtub, he noticed she had just killed a pesky mosquito.

Good girl…

For the record, this is the first baby Huntsman I have seen as well. As Rick says “I was amazed at how beautiful this little baby was. The body is like a little dot and the legs, already in the same proportion of an adult, are like tiny fine hairs.

Yes, she has got long legs for a baby, hasn’t she?

Took Rick a while to get this baby to eventually move onto his hand, she was a little nervous. But she got there in the end and no doubt this spider will become another valued member of the Huntsman ‘pest control’ team.

Huntsman are really nothing to be scared of. These spiders are the good guys.

Thanks Rick for the photo, hugely appreciated.

Bob

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Rick Boutcher March 27, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Hello Bob and all the readers of this incredibly wonderful and insightful blog Bob has created. . . .

It now being the year 2014, and being that it was 2012 when I first met Harry, Harry having been a full adult at the time, I feel that he has moved on to to next step after living on this earth. But, I also feel that his spirit will forever live within Two Winds with the little ones that I have seen roaming around the house.

The picture of the little baby Bob has posted; well this little tiny thing was scared to death of this giant finger that was chasing it. I wanted to get him/her (Hard to tell at this point) to come onto my hand so I could get some pictures to share. Finally the little baby felt comfortable enough to step onto my finger and pose for me. Looking at the pictures I have taken of the baby and then looking at the pictures I have taken of Harry, I find it amazing that this tiny baby will grow to be that size (as big as my hand) in just about a year. Goes to give testament as to the amount of bugs and insects these creatures eat during their live time.

I have to give great credit to Bob for creating this Blog of his. The information about the incredible Huntsman Spider is for sure educational. Not condoning everyone run out to find a Huntsman Spider to pick up, but for sure concreting the understanding that, while these Huntsman Spiders sure appear to be monsters, they are one of the very best friends you can have in your house.

When I saw this baby in the bathtub I actually thought that there were two of them. When I presented my finger to one it did not run but the other took off in fright. I took a picture of the one that did not run (Shooting in Macro) and after I finally got the running baby to sit on my hand for a photo shoot I down loaded the pictures. It was at that time, when I saw the pictures on my computer screen, that I came to the understanding that the one that did not run was not a baby Huntsman Spider. It was a Mosquito that the baby Huntsman Spider had caught and had it tied up in silk. Here is the Philippines, Mosquito bites are associated with Dengy and Malaria. Seeing this Mosquito tied up in the silk of the baby Huntsman, well I had to bring the entire family and housemaid staff to see the picture to re-enforce their understanding that these Huntsman Spiders I have given free run of the house to, are for sure helping to protect us while doing their job. For sure the Huntsman Spider will not bite us, but that Mosquito sure would have!

Once again to Bob, congratulations to you and your amazing work here to enlighten the wonderfulness of the incredible Huntsman Spider.

Your Friends. . . . . Rick and Harry

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BobinOz March 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Well, I only started the conversation Rick, it’s contributions from people like yourself that go even further to help people, including me, understand how gentle and useful these big and scary looking spiders are.

If we have saved just one Huntsman spider from getting unnecessarily squished or painfully sprayed, then our work is worthwhile :-) Hopefully we have saved a lot more though.

Cheers, Bob

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Kelsey March 28, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Hello All,

I just wanted to say after reading all the comments, thank you!

I have been terribly scared of spiders for many years, as long as I can remember. It took some courage reading this with photos attached, as even the thought of a spider got me in a twirl.

But after reading all the stories about the Huntsman, I am actually starting to warm up to the not-so little guys! Now, I live in England, so I don’t think I will ever meet one here.. but it really has opened my eyes with respect for all spiders (the other harmless ones that you will find in the UK, anyway). I used to kill them, and feel awfully guilty for doing so for hours afterwards, but I really felt I had no choice. Now, I’m wondering what all the fuss was about, and I like to think that in future, I will be able to leave them be.

Thanks everyone!

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Rick Boutcher March 28, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Hey Kelsey. . .
We all owe a debt of gratitude to Bob for starting this Blog. I happened to bump into this blog when I went researching about the Huntsman Spider (The size of my hand) that came to my house, here in the Philippines, looking for a job. Have had Harry’s (We named the Huntsman Harry) family of Huntsman Spiders roaming around our house and keeping it pest free.

The fact that Bob’s interest has spawned this amazingly informative, funny and educational atmosphere; helping people all over the world come to grips with the understanding that Spiders are actually our friends, I feel is wonderful.

Very happy to read that you have sort of gained a bit of less fear through understanding. Nature is really and truly amazing.

Have a great day. . . . .
Rick and Harry (You can see pictures of Harry Bob posted. Harry is amazing!)

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BobinOz March 31, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Hi Kelsey

That’s fantastic news, sounds like we have at least converted one person :-) I’m really glad that the information you have read on this page, along with all the help that Rick has given as well, has helped you to realise that the Huntsman spider isn’t such a bad guy after all.

Thanks for letting us know, it made my day.

Cheers, Bob

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Dustin April 2, 2014 at 9:46 pm

I have to say, that Rick’s story about Harry deeply touched me and is absolutely inspiring.

I live in Germany and I came here just doing research on spiders in Australia out of pure interest, although I’m not particularly interested in meeting one of those “little” guys face to face ;)
But I really like Rick’s approach, as the hostility against spiders in our society is so over-the-top and without any reason as most of them don’t even bother us and rather help us keeping our houses clean. I’ve found myself numerous times being scared standing in front of spiders (although the German versions are tiny compared to the Huntsman ;)) but recalling how helpful and generally peaceful they are against humans might help to control the irrational fear and prevent some unnecessary spider deaths in the vacuum cleaner..

Keep the good work up, Rick….and Bob as well…really interesting page, although I’m more of a US Westcoast-Guy ;)

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BobinOz April 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm

I have to say, Rick story inspired me as well Dustin. I have always been very respectful of spiders throughout my life, never scared and I never want to harm them. But the big fellas have always been a little intimidating to me. I’ve still not plucked up the courage to pick one up.

Maybe I will one day, and if I do, I’ll be thanking Rick.

Cheers, Bob

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Rick Boutcher April 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Dustin. . . .
As strange as this may sound, having grown up in New York City, I never had a encounter with a spider that was much bigger than one half inch. Little guys that used to give me the willies. It was not till I retired and moved to the Philippines that I came face to face with a spider that looked to be as big as I was! At first, when I walked into the bathroom and saw this monster of spider, my legs felt like they were turning to jello. Never in my life had I seen such a huge spider. And, it just stood its ground and looked right at me. I slowly backed out of the bathroom and got my camera. Took a picture of this guy and then went to the computer and goggled spiders of the Philippines. Came up with a picture that matched mine and my education of the Huntsman Spider began.

Part of my education was bumping into BobinOz’s blog about the Huntsman. Well having been educated to the Huntsman and then, several days later, catching my Cat, Kato, with this huge Huntsman in her paws, I could not let what was going to happen happen. Without thinking, I reached down and picked the Huntsman Spider up from under Kato’s paws and scooted the cat away. I took the Huntsman to the kitchen table and put him down. Found that Kato had take off the Huntsman Spiders right rear leg but it did not seem to really bother the Spider and the spider did not try to run. That is when I got to have an incredible up close and in your face photo shoot with the Huntsman Spider who came to be known as, “Harry.”

It is BobinOz who picked up my story and ran with it. He is the one to make Harry famous and with the help of Harry, BobinOz’s blog has opened the eyes of several people who have posted their developed understanding of Spiders.

I am just the guy who gave Harry the job in our house to take care of the bugs and insects that were not as welcome as he. Funny, BobinOz, when I first posted my story here said, “What is going to happen if a Harriett shows up?” Well it would seem that Harriett did show up and now it is Harry’s family that works at Two Winds.

I am forever grateful to BobinOz for making Harry so famous and in by doing so, enlightened the understanding of, spiders in general, but Huntsman Spiders in particular, which grow to a very intimidating size, by showcasing Harry.

Bravo to BobinOz. . . .
Rick and Harry

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Dustin April 7, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I truly love this story! ;)

I can relate to that. I’ve met tarantulas twice in Utah and California just crossing the trails right in front of me. I wasn’t really scared, but had a lot of respect for those huge spiders….of course bigger than anything I’ve seen in Germany.
If you’re interested, I filmed the “meeting” in California: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyay3ThVKb4&feature=youtu.be

But seeing a spider that big in the free nature is of course pretty different from finding one in your own house.

Regards
Dustin

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