The Huntsman Spider: Is His Bite Dangerous to Humans?

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 spiderYes, 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 spder in a glassI 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 spider fangsI’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? Update: as several commenters have mentioned below, these are not the spider’s fangs, they are its palps. That’s comforting, isn’t it? 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 spider releasedSo 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?

Unfortunately, the video I did have here which demonstrated both the right way and the wrong way to deal with a spider in your car has now been taken down by YouTube.

So I’ve replaced it with another video, clearly not shot in Australia, which shows how you should definitely not react to a spider showing up whilst driving in your car…

Harry the Huntsman

Finally, those of you who have read all the comments will know that Rick Boutcher allows Huntsman Spiders to live in his house to take care of pest control. Of course, those of you who haven’t read all the comments won’t know that.

Well, here’s your chance to:

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  • Shelly October 24, 2016, 1:12 am | Link

    I just came across this site on accident. I’m glad I did. I saw a picture of this spider on my news feed and said that’s the spider I saw in my kitchen. I live in Fla and we do have some nasty critters here, and this spider freaked me out so bad that I searched it out for about 2 hours, before I finally killed it. I would not have slept the whole night if I hadn’t. I feel terrible now knowing it wouldn’t hurt me, and that they help keep bugs away. This happened many years ago, and I didn’t have access to the Internet, before you judge me. I’m just glad I now know, Incase I ever see one again. Scariest spider I’ve ever seen.😥

    • BobinOz October 24, 2016, 5:53 pm | Link

      You do sound very remorseful over this incident Shelly, but as you say, it was a long time ago and you didn’t have the benefit of the internet to help you out. I think we can regard the posting of this comment as a confessional and I think we are all happy to forgive you.

      It is even possible that others who feel inclined to kill these spiders may read your comment here and decide they do not want to live with the same burden you have for many years and, because of you, change their mind.

      That would mean that your Huntsman would not have died in vain.

      So, no more sad face Shelly, I think you deserve to cheer up now 🙂

      Thanks for posting this, Bob

  • Dave October 23, 2016, 6:37 pm | Link
    • BobinOz November 11, 2016, 9:12 pm | Link

      Yes, came across that one myself a week or two ago, it’s amazing isn’t it? Who would have thought.

  • Kenneth September 22, 2016, 2:55 pm | Link

    It’s nice knowing they aren’t a threat to us however; what worries me most is when they have babies, and their babies, since it’s still very small, wonders into your fruits or other food or perhaps even inside your body through your nose, mouth or ears while i am asleep.

    • Rick Boutcher September 22, 2016, 5:43 pm | Link

      Hello Kenneth and if I may, allow me to relieve your stress about Huntsman babies. By the way, I am Rick the one who had Harry living with us in our house in the Philippines.

      About a year ago I opened a kitchen cabinet and there on the inside wall was a female Huntsman Spider and she had clutched in her legs her silk pouch filled with her eggs she was protecting. I did not bother her as I knew she would never bother me or any of my family.

      Three days later I found her again in the closet but she was not alone. Her babies were all out and crawling around her. I would guess there were about 200 of them. But the next day it was just mama. All the babies were gone. They were not in our fruit or fresh vegetables, they were not in our cloths and for sure they were not in our bedrooms. Where they all went I have no idea but for sure they never posed any problem to my family.

      Don’t worry about having a family of Huntsman Spiders in your house, they are of the utmost help in keeping the really unwanted crawly things out of your house. They are totally self sufficient, don’t ask for anything from you yet provide an amazing service of bug watching.

      By the way, the babies were about 1/8th of an inch in size. Look at the pictures of Harry, Oz has put up on this site of his, an amazing site it is for sure, and look at how big Harry was. Think this, a baby Huntsman Spider is 1/8th of an inch in size when born yet will grow to be the size of your hand. How many bugs does this one little baby Huntsman have to eat to get that big?

      Hope this helps put your mind at ease. Hello OZ, always such a great thrill to see your Huntsman site still operational and informative.

      Your friend living in the Philippines . . . . Rick

      • BobinOz September 22, 2016, 7:03 pm | Link

        Great answer Rick, it’s good to hear from you again and hope all is well for you over there in the Philippines. Cheers, Bob

        • Rick Boutcher September 22, 2016, 8:08 pm | Link

          Hi Bob . . . .
          Just a quick moment to tell you that everyone here is great, I am absolutely loving the rainy season and it is so wonderful to know that you are up and about and feeling so much better. Good for ya!
          Rick

  • Puning July 21, 2016, 3:34 am | Link

    Hello, I’m from Thailand. Just want to share my story.

    The first time I found this big spider in my house was many years ago. She also carry an egg sacs around. I was shock and speechless after saw a hand size spider like that and start google to see what to do with it and is it dangerous.

    We end up didn’t doing anything or do any harm. Another reason is it’s too fast to catch, so we just leave it be.. well, …stay somewhere in our house since we fail to catch it and don’t know where is it running to.

    After that she’s not appear again until today. We saw a smaller version of the same spider. About half of hand size so I guess that’s her kid. My mom saw it first and calling me. I try to shoo it away because it’s night and raining outside. Still little worry because they’re in our bedroom. Even if it’s not dangerous and timid to us human but it’s not gonna be nice if that spider fall or crawling on us while we sleep. So I guess I’ll try catch it and take it outside if it happen to show up again.

    • BobinOz July 21, 2016, 8:16 pm | Link

      It does sound like a Huntsman, mostly because you say it is very fast. Some species of Huntsman spiders do also carry their egg sac around with them as well.

      I don’t think there’s too much to be worried about, but obviously I really don’t know for sure, I’ve not seen the spider and I know very little about spiders in the Philippines. If it makes your mum feel uncomfortable, then perhaps removal might be the best thing.

      If you can find it again that is 🙂

      If you do decide to remove it though, do try and be gentle. Perhaps capture it in a large glass or jar, place a thin piece of cardboard underneath it to act as a lid and then gently take it outside. Good luck, Bob

  • Arthur July 1, 2016, 11:55 am | Link

    I was living in Florida in my Double wide trailer when I saw this thing. I spent 30 minutes running around with a Hammer trying to smash it.

    Hammer 1, Spider 0

    I am allergic to Bees. So when I saw this big spider, i didnt wait to kill it. I am Glad now that its not dangerous to us much.

    Glad I didn’t take the chance to find out.

    • BobinOz July 2, 2016, 12:43 am | Link

      Arthur, you are an idiot. The big Huntsman spider is not dangerous, you should have just escorted it off the premises. Catch it in a jug or something and let out the door.

      Huntsman’s are harmless, in fact they are good as they can take care of the more nasty bugs and critters, like cockroaches.

      Have a little more respect, think before you kill.

  • Eun-Kwon Lee April 15, 2016, 12:36 pm | Link

    Hi. Let me introduce myself. My name is Lek, korean, who is living in Fiji which is located on South Pacific. I got some questions about spiders.
    Yesterday, I saw a huge and big spider on my bed. I recognized something is wrong on my right hand while I was watching movie on the bed….. so, I saw him or her. I was so scared at that time. The color was… I think it’s black-brown? I’m not sure. An obvious fact is the color of surface was not gaudy pattern.
    I don’t know a scientific name of what I saw the spider. I was going to catch it, but the spider was so so so fast. I could’t get him or her.
    Size of the spider is like my palm(adult). Is it really harm? or harmless?
    My co-workers haven’t seen what I saw so far in Fiji.
    Please advise about the spider. I look forward to receive your reply.

    • BobinOz April 15, 2016, 7:43 pm | Link

      I can’t say for sure, but by the sound of it, I would think there is a very good chance it was a Huntsman spider. The big clue for me was you saying how fast it was, these things are very fast, hence their name. They hunt down their prey with their speed.

      They are lovely spiders, not venomous, and they very rarely bite humans. If you leave them be, they will hunt down and kill the nasty of critters in your home, these things can take down a cockroach.

      Hope that helps put your mind at ease, Bob

  • Kelly March 18, 2016, 3:00 pm | Link

    I got a nasty huntsman bite today so I can verify that if threatened (I was stretching against a tree after a run and I think my hand disturbed the spider) they will bite! It was very painful and my hand is still swollen a few hours later with visible puncture marks. I am now more scared of them as the actual bite was like two bee stings and the little devil really hung on!! But I’m alive obvs!!

    • BobinOz March 19, 2016, 12:16 am | Link

      Wow, this is interesting.

      This post has been up over five years and in all that time I don’t think anyone has commented that they been bitten by a huntsman spider, and then we get two in one week!

      Did we all miss the ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’ huntsman spider meeting?

      Huntsman spider bites are really unusual, so I think both of you have been really unlucky. I’m glad you are still alive though Kelly 🙂

      • Rick Boutcher March 19, 2016, 1:10 am | Link

        Hi Bob, Kelly and Simon. . . .
        So sorry to read that you guys got bitten by a Huntsman Spider. But in both cases I see that both Simon, grabbing a roll of toilet paper and Kelly stretching out on a tree had both unintentionally trapped a Huntsman Spider with their hand. Now I ask you all, if a giant hand that was attached to a monstrously big thing a thousand times bigger than you, what would you do? Well if you were a Huntsman Spider you would bite to protect yourself.

        While I feel sorry for Kelly and Simon getting bit, it is sort of a good thing as it demonstrates that indeed the Huntsman Spider’s bite is not toxic to humans. Hurts, causes a bit of swelling but does not cause tissue damage as other spider bites can.

        No ones fault here, person did not go looking to hurt a Huntsman spider and the Huntsman Spider certainly was not looking to bite someone. Just two different species of life in the wrong place at the wrong time.

        At the moment Two Winds has four hand size Huntsman Spiders and maybe a half a dozen youngsters roaming around keeping with the job Harry had applied for about four years ago. They bother no one and no one bothers them. As a result, we have no bug or insect problem through out Two Winds.

        Glad to see that you are feeling a lot better Bob.

        Rick and the memory of Harry .

        • BobinOz March 21, 2016, 8:28 pm | Link

          Rick, I’ve realised that the link to Harry’s post has been buried somewhere in the comments, so lots of people simply don’t know of the good work Harry, and now his offspring, have been doing in your home.

          So, I’ve now corrected that situation and added a link to Harry’s page at the foot of the above article.

          Simon and Kelly, check out the new link at the foot of the above article for your chance to meet Harry the Huntsman.

          • Rick Boutcher March 21, 2016, 8:46 pm | Link

            Wow Bob, I think that was a very nice thing to do. Harry certainly did a lot here about educating my family about the ability for the two species to live together. I feel your blog about Huntsman Spiders and now this added link to “Meet Harry the Huntsman Spider” compliment each other and certainly both your work and Harry’s story will open a lot of eyes.

            Rick and the memory of Harry. . . .

  • Simon Allen March 11, 2016, 8:14 pm | Link

    I was bitten after accidentally putting my hand on one, when grabbing a toilet role. The bite wasn’t too bad and I had no reaction to it. It was ok.

    • BobinOz March 14, 2016, 4:21 pm | Link

      It is unusual to get a bite from one of these spiders as you probably know Simon. But at least your experience has verified that if it does happen, it’s really not so bad.

  • Marcie Downie January 21, 2016, 5:27 pm | Link

    I love them!! anything that eats flies, cockroaches, moths and any other bug is good value to me. I leave them be until they start crawling down the wall then i grab them with a tea towel and put them on to the pine tree outside…..

    • BobinOz January 21, 2016, 6:09 pm | Link

      Good for you Marcie, I’m a fan too, I’d never harm a Huntsman, they are on our side.

  • gazza December 18, 2015, 8:16 pm | Link

    They are nothing to worry about absolutely harmless they eat the cockroaches for god sake they save you money in the end. They always sit high up on the wall and watch for bugs or can be founds in the bathroom cos they want a drink of water but even tho they say they can bite they will never bite you if you dont harass them iv lived with them my entire life i respect them i hate roachs which is what they eat.. i love huntsman spiders they are great…

    • BobinOz December 18, 2015, 9:45 pm | Link

      I agree entirely, I’m a fan of the huntsman spider myself. Anything that eats a cockroach is a friend of mine, unless it’s on one of those stupid TV programs.

      The huntsman spider is the gentleman of the spider world.

  • Bernadette November 27, 2015, 11:43 am | Link

    I would think that it would be more of a worry to be having your house sprayed every year with toxic poisons than having a hoard of huntsmen spiders in your house. Take care of those huntsmens, they are very valuable not only for keeping those nerves tingling, but keeping guard from other spiders. They’re also the best mosquito and insect repellents you can get. I treat them with tender loving care and have often had to rescue them from my marauding husband with a can of spray.

    • BobinOz December 1, 2015, 8:16 pm | Link

      Good on ya Bernadette, so glad to hear that you fully understand that the huntsman spider is our friend, he is nothing to be afraid of. He is the gentleman of the spider world that we should allow into our homes, he can take care of all the less wanted critters.

      Certainly far more acceptable to the environment than spray could ever be, the trick though is to have a regular supply of huntsman patrolling your house because if they are not there, the others will take over.

      Next time you’re husband pops out, chuck that can of spray in the bin 🙂

      Cheers, Bob

  • Brandon Foster July 4, 2015, 10:58 am | Link

    I almost forgot. The mythical Iraqi spider isn’t actually a spider it is a Solifugid. Another type of arachnid closer to a scorpion than a spider. Their bite hurts like crazy, but not from venom. It is actually mechanical damage from the bite itself. The Huntsman is the largest spider in the world by diameter, the largest by weight is the Theraphosa Blondi or Goliath Birdeater, which can weigh as much as a newborn puppy at adult size. Sorry, but if you couldn’t tell, I would talk spiders all day long if I could. I envy you living in Australia, tons of bio-diversity and the spiders there are some of the coolest in the world. Take a look at peacock jumping spiders if you get the chance. What they lack in size they make up for in sheer awesomeness.

  • Brandon Foster July 4, 2015, 10:49 am | Link

    Been reading the conversation, and thought I might add a little. I keep tarantulas and several true spiders. All spiders are venomous with the exception of the Uloboridae family. They lack venom glands entirely and live virtually everywhere with the exception of Alaska, the Sahara, and Arabia. The question you want to ask is just how toxic is the venom that the spider in question produces, and to whom or what is this toxicity aimed. For example, I currently have two species of tarantula that will give one heck of a painful bite to a human. For comparison, one person bitten stated, “I have been stabbed and that hurt less than the bite.” However, the venom from these Tarantulas has been proven to be extremely toxic to dogs, and small animals. Which means that if one were to get out and bite my rabbit, he would most likely die. Needless to say, I keep a pretty good watch over the enclosures as I would not like to be bitten either. The point is, just because a spider is not lethally toxic to humans does not mean that spot or fido won’t have a serious issue. I know people who compare their dogs to children and a loss like that would be terrible. A spiders venom evolved for protection just as much as for hunting… By the way those are definitely pedipalps. Fangs don’t have joints. I wish we had Huntsmans in GA I would probably keep two or three of them.

  • Katie April 9, 2015, 10:07 am | Link

    Hi all!

    I just thought I’d tell you that I, very joyfully, wasted a large amount of time reading your comments! I adore each and every one of your posts. I stumbled upon this site while researching pics of large, scary spiders. My hubby was telling me of one a friend of his showed him a pic of from when he was in Iraq. I didn’t find that spider but did find an hour or so of amusement!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you 🙂

    • BobinOz April 9, 2015, 6:37 pm | Link

      Well if it was joyful time Katie, I don’t reckon it’s wasted time, everybody needs a little joy now and then 🙂

      We do have some great spider stories here on this website, but nothing yet from Iraq, well, you are the first. Sounds like it may well have been even bigger and uglier than the spiders we have here!

      Thank you for popping by and saying thank you, thank you, thank you 🙂 🙂

      • Katie April 10, 2015, 11:54 am | Link

        After some research it turns out that the “scary-big” Iraq spider is mostly built of myth. (Kinda disappointed to be honest…. I love a good scary story!). It turns out that your Huntsmen is the worlds known largest spider… I did, however, (besides disproving my hubby’s creepy crawly stories) manage to scare the crow out of him with pics of YOUR fantastic arachnids!!!

        Thank you sooo much for more amusement!

        🙂

        • BobinOz April 11, 2015, 3:49 am | Link

          Perfect! Australia wins another scary critter contest

  • Rick Boutcher April 2, 2015, 8:26 pm | Link

    Hi BobinOz . . . .
    I do not mean to make you blush Bob, only to make a very vivid point as to how important your blog really is. If it were not for your Blog, the understanding of the Huntsman Spider would not be growing as it is. You have given a special place for these magnificent little monsters and I can not tell you how happy I am that Harry helped you with this monumental task of educating people about the Huntsman Spider.

    Without this blog of yours the information that you are presenting here would never happened. Not only do you present information about the Huntsman, but you have created a special place where people, who have had the incredible opportunity of coming face to face with a Huntsman, have a place to tell their story and in reading all the information you have developed on your blog, helped develop a positive attitude towards this amazing little monster that offers a bug free house for the payment of just being left alone to do his or her job.

    Here in the Philippines things are great; at this time Two Winds has three Huntsman working. All are adolescents about 5 cm in size. Of course I have now way of proving that they are offspring of Harry, but I enjoy the thought that his family is following in his foot steps and keeping Two Winds bug free.

    You and yours have a great day . . . .
    Rick

    • BobinOz April 3, 2015, 9:12 pm | Link

      Well, I’m just grateful that so many people, including yourself Rick, have taken the time to come here and tell their stories. It’s been fascinating, I think we have all learnt a lot together.

      And as for those adolescent Huntsman working in your house now, if they look like Harry, then I reckon that’s good enough; they are his 🙂

  • Rick Boutcher April 1, 2015, 9:10 pm | Link

    Hello Petra . . . .
    Your story of you killing a Huntsman Spider is soulful. I can understand your nerves as the first encounter I ever had with Harry sent chills u p my spin and indeed backed men u p several feet. Believe me, I am not a little guy., but to see a spider that large, that close, un-nerved me. My first instinct was to kill it simply because of Harry’s size. But it was his size that made me think how I was going to accomplish the task and then the other part of brain started thinking and I decided to take a picture and find out what kind of spider this monstrously big one was. One of the great things about digital camera technology is the ability to instantly download the pictures. Down loaded I went to Google and searched large spiders in the Philippines. Low and behold pictures of the Huntsman Spider started coming up and the picture I had taken was an exact match. Searched out Huntsman Spiders and found that their venom is not toxic to humans. No, I did not say they will not bite, I said that if they did bite you, while it surely would hurt, it would not do any tissue damage like other spider Bites can.

    Two Winds is a rather large house and I figured that having a Spider this big running around it in search of things to eat could not be anything but a good thing. So the entire family, that is a number of 12 and the housemaids were educated by me in regard to this giant Huntsman Spider and that is when I gave him his name of Harry.

    Harry is long gone as the Huntsman Spider lives about two years and when I met Harry for the first time he was already full grown. But, we still have Huntsman Spiders in our house. The amazing part that really make me feel good about this particular species of spider comes from the day I got the baby Huntsman Spider to sit on my finger and let me takes its picture. Tiny little thing, to grow everything needs to eat. Huntsman Spiders eat bugs and I can not imagine how many bugs Harry had to have eaten to reach the size that he was, but for sure that is a number of bugs that are not in our house.

    If you ever have the honor of a Huntsman Spider moving into your house, give it a name and enjoy its magnificence. The night I saved Harry from my cat Kato and he jsut sat there and let me take the pictures I did of him, I fell in love with the Huntsman Spider. They really are your friend.

    By the way, is this not an amazing blog Bob has developed here. Quite a guy and his blog has educated many a person about the Huntsman Spider.

    Rick .

    • BobinOz April 2, 2015, 2:22 pm | Link

      Aw, Rick, every time you say something really nice about my blog, you know you make me blush don’t you? 🙂 🙂

  • Petra April 1, 2015, 8:27 pm | Link

    Hey guys,
    Really enjoyed reading all the comments and the lovely story on Harry.
    I was doing some research online mainly as i killed one today (i didnt want to!!) and ive been feeling incredibly guilty all day, i even may have come close to shedding a tear when i eventually placed it outside but i think it was too late by then.
    The hunstmen was first spotted by my mother weeks ago & she asked me if i saw it when she returned home that afternoon, i did not. She said it was the biggest shes ever seen (yikes thanks Mum)
    So for a few days i was nervous and on edge inspecting walls everytime i walked around the house,but eventually forgot.

    Last night i was walking out to the kitchen and immedietly noticed a large dark “shape” on the wall to my right… Low and behold it was the huntsmen my mum mentioned weeks ago. HUGE.. No no MONSTEROUS size… I immedietly grabbed my phone & took a picture.
    I screamed for my mum and she confirmed it was the same one she saw weeks ago & shed go call my Dad to kill it… However i stopped her & suggested we leave it be as theyre good for the house, to which i got a very strange look.
    I told her i didnt want to kill or hurt anything unnecessarily and aslong as it didnt end up in my room i was fine…
    Guess where the spider was when i opened my eyes this morning?? On my bedroom wall!!! I actually tossed and turned all night dreading this moment..
    Im not kidding i stared at it for hours… I didnt want to hurt it but i wanted it out of my bedroom & i just couldnt see how, as it had wedged itself into the corner of the wall and the window edge.
    So in the end i got a water spray bottle and was hoping to scare it away with some water but it hardly budged!! It just stretched its legs in a lazy yawn like manner and stayed put. I was losing my mind by this stage.
    I then googled things huntsments dont like and one of the things was heat, so i turned on the heating system in my room hoping it would get uncomfortable and move… It didnt. I had to leave shortly for an appointment by this stage so i had to make a quick decision and i sprayed it with bug spray.. I instantly felt regret and stopped spraying and sprayed it with more water hoping to somehow “wash off” the bug spray. Poor guy struggled a bit at this stage and landed on the floor but did not curl up and die so i moved it outside into the sun for about 2-3 mins to dry it and then placed it into the garden.
    They play dead so although it curled itself up a few times i noticed it stretched itself out again when it felt “safe” again so i was heaps relieved thinking i managed to avoid killing it.
    As i left for my appointment i peered in at the spot i placed it in the garden and it was laying upside down 🙁
    This is the point i actually almost cried, i felt soooooooooooo bad. I turned it back over hoping to see some life and it twitched a little but didnt move. I decided to place a bit of dirt over his body so ants dont get to him … When i came back it was gone. I searched the entire area of that garden & didnt see it.
    My mum says a bird wouldve gotten to it which just makes me feel even worse.
    Anyway i will never ever again kill one no matter how many nights of sleep i lose as the guilt of killing one is far worse. The poor thing wouldve just happily kept to himself or herself (i think it was a girl, very large and fat) but it had the misfortune of coming into my room.
    Anyway this all happened earlier this morning and i still feel so bad and its night time now.
    Ironically enough about an hour ago i spotted a small cockaroach that crawled in through my window and making its way up the same wall the huntsmen had been on today.. Had it not been for my stupidity in spraying that hunstmen, cockaroach would be toast!

    • nathan April 1, 2015, 10:45 pm | Link

      Thats no good – terrible ordeal totally! The best thing – rather than just leave them be inside, that I have done is two things ( general rule of thumb )

      1. IF they turn up inside, take them out side, as they are sure to end up in your bed/bedroom, simply because you think about it happening, so its going to happen!

      2. Read ” The secret” or see the Video !

      Now you can live in peace 😀

      • BobinOz April 2, 2015, 2:21 pm | Link

        A very sad and touching story Petra, I think it’s been a very positive move on your behalf to come to this website to tell us of your remorse. Maybe your big Huntsman didn’t die in vain, maybe your story will make others think twice before they aim the bug spray at these beautiful spiders.

        If you still have that photograph of her, maybe you could send it in to me via my contact page and I’ll post it here as a memorial to your dearly departed un-named spider.

        Nathan – Tip 1 = good, tip 2 = are you serious? I have read The Secret myself and no matter how hard I think it, I still haven’t become a professional footballer. I know you think that Petra ‘willed’ the spider into her bedroom with her thoughts, I kind of think the spider just decided to walk there because she wanted to 🙂

  • Shiane March 31, 2015, 11:27 pm | Link

    Is this poison

    • BobinOz April 1, 2015, 9:27 pm | Link

      The pest control? Yes, to pests it is 🙂

  • nate March 25, 2015, 9:15 pm | Link

    Huntsman freak out just as much as humans ( if not worse) when we have contact with each other. Normally im ok with them, so long as I see them coming and they don’t surprise me too much. I watched one walking around on my ceiling the other night while I was glued to a movie, after the movie finished, I got an empty 1kilo coffee jar for him to fit in ( his legs barely made it, had to curl up a little ) and removed him to the outdoors. The worse one (just as dam big) fell right onto my lap, freaked out and bolted str8 up onto my face/hair/head region after I pulled the Sun Visor down while driving. I clearly recall seeing a perfectly focused set of hairy legs over my left eye ball during the panic… Yes It Freaked the crap out of me too … the car swerving with me screaming , arms going in all directions trying to fling this thing off my head.. at the same time hitting the breaks, no hands on steering wheel….The car came to a stop (without incident by fluke) and I bolted right out the door, leaving the car half on half off the road… I never saw that spider again, dunno what happened to it, I looked everywhere for it and eventually got back in the car and continued. If it didn’t fall onto me and bolt up my body so dam fast – no time for me to register anything other than to freak out….if it had just clung to the Sun Visor all would have been ok , but nope :/

    • BobinOz March 26, 2015, 1:06 am | Link

      Yes, this is an old tactic, used by the Spanish Inquisition. It’s called..

      Surprise!

      Now, I kind of feel for you Nate, I’m really not sure how I would react if I were driving the car and a Huntsman fell on my lap. I’d like to think I would breathe deeply, concentrate on the road, look for a safe and legal parking space, check my mirror, indicate and park.

      I’d then (remember, this is still me imagining it) calmly get out, stand up, and gently brush the Huntsman off of my lap guiding him away from the dangers of the road.

      In reality though, I’d probably do what you did.

  • Rick Boutcher March 25, 2015, 7:14 pm | Link

    Hi Bob and Hello to everyone . . . .

    I am seeing a lot of comments in regards to the Huntsman Spider here on Oz’s Blog lately. The latest is the talk about the video of the man trying to capture a Huntsman while standing on a ladder with the hopes of capturing the Huntsman in a bowl. For sure it was set up by the man trying to do the capture and the one taking the video. But it is quite obvious that neither of them had any idea about the abilities of the glorious Huntsman Spider.

    I had the great honor of having Harry work for me at Two Winds. Bob at Oz posted some pictures of Harry as well as one of a baby Huntsman. While Harry is long gone, his life span of two years far exceeded, I still have a family of Huntsman Spiders that freely roam about Two Winds and take care of the undesirable type of insects.

    I can not stress strong enough as to just how good of a friend the Huntsman Spider is to a house. I know that seeing one the first couple of times can be unnerving, but I suggest everyone do some serious research on the Huntsman and learn about this special critter who is absolutely an asset to have living in your home. I promise, you respect them and they will respect you and keep your house bug and insect free at no cost to you.

    A Huntsman Spider is your best friend!
    Rick . .

    • BobinOz March 26, 2015, 1:00 am | Link

      I absolutely agree with you Rick, 100%. Whilst there are some spiders to be wary of, the Huntsman isn’t one of them. Crikey, somebody has commented here how they know someone who catches them in his hands and put some on his tongue!

      I’m not suggesting that’s what we all do, but it’s becoming apparent to me that these giants of the spider world just don’t bite or harm people.

      So, what’s the point in removing one from your house? They can take care of your mozzies, more dangerous spiders, other bugs and possibly cockroaches. They are your friend.

      That’s what Rick’s been doing with Harry and Harry’s offspring, it’s worth thinking about.

      Respect to the Huntsman Spider.

  • julielu March 24, 2015, 11:22 am | Link

    Nope i don’t think the “Daddy” video was staged ! He was obviously braving it out but really messed it up in his panic. That spider was always going to run – it just waited to see which way, after the slow human moved first!

    My rule is: Use the broom if i can’t reach (and then carry outside- far from the house /car).
    Use a glass jar ONLY if can reach the spider easily. (Jar to cover it – must be able to hold with one hand so i can slip paper/card in between spider and wall with the other ( to prod into jar and then cover it).

    I have been victimised by them in my cars- even when driving- and having them land from above after opening doors but I have never been brave enough like the guy in the second vid to “allow” one crawl on me…. eww shudder

    • BobinOz March 24, 2015, 6:52 pm | Link

      Apart from one thing with that video, if it wasn’t staged, why was the camera rolling?

      These are good rules Julielu, it’s the kind of humane treatment we advocate here with Huntsman Spiders, finding a way of gently removing them and placing them outside. Or you could just leave them there, let them take care of the other smaller critters on your behalf.

      You have read about Harry, haven’t you?

      • julielu March 25, 2015, 5:36 pm | Link

        My take is that the camera was rolling because Daddy was showing off for Youtube! But Spider gave him his come-uppance! If he was serious and knew what he was doing he would not have gone up a ladder which limited his range and ability. If it was staged he could have gone closer and let it drop on him – its back leg was extended and ready to do that.

        I really wanted to know that Spider was not harmed in making that movie but he and helper skedaddled leaving the dropped camera to keep rolling.

        I do not hesitate once i am in position for a capture ..like he said Huntsmans’ run fast. AND they drop. I believe that Spider was set to drop but changed when the bowl came up. I thought the camera was set to vid and kept rolling after the not- so-“trusty assistant” hi- tailed it too. Her scream sounded pretty “fair dinkum” to me LOL

        As far as I’m concerned huntsman’s are better off doing their good deeds outside – and i’ll take care of the other critters on the inside 😉

        • BobinOz March 26, 2015, 12:53 am | Link

          You sound like a pretty experience Huntsman Spider catcher Julielu, you have clearly identified mistakes made by this man, novice mistakes, that I didn’t actually pick up on when I first watched the video.

          That said, it’s still obviously staged, under the astute direction of the little girl. She did let out a pretty good scream, didn’t she? A director with acting abilities as well, isn’t that just something?

          Fair dinkum indeed.

          Like yourself, I do hope the spider wasn’t harmed, I’m sure it wasn’t.

          • julielu April 8, 2015, 1:08 pm | Link

            Wot you’ve never heard the real (and terrified) scream of a surprise “attack” on a huntsman victim – you haven’t been to my house now have you!

            • BobinOz April 8, 2015, 6:57 pm | Link

              I think I know the kind of thing you mean, I’ve seen it on a Hitchcock film 🙂

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