I have written many, many posts about intruders coming into my house. Only last week I presented you with a small list linking to just a handful of such posts when I wrote about being Viciously Attacked in My Own Back Garden!
I have also written about the Huntsman Spider before, in a post called Time for Our Fourth Annual Pest Control Treatment.
If you’ve read that post, you’ll know all about the Huntsman Spider, so I won’t repeat myself here.
But on a post I did about an even bigger spider, Australia’s Bird Eating Spider, I received a comment from somebody who came here for a visit and was determined to see a Huntsman, but had no luck for about four months.
Eventually, fortunately, he did see one in the bathroom of a rental he was staying at in the Blue Mountains.
That got me thinking, what about those of you who really really want to see one of these big spiders and maybe just haven’t had the opportunity, for whatever reason. For those who don’t want to watch the video, he is a quick view…
Before that though, let me remind you that this particular spider, as big as it is, isn’t really harmful to humans. Some people even like having them in the house; they kill other more irritating insects.
But here’s something I read in my “Wildlife of Greater Brisbane” book which is actually published by the Queensland Museum, so I think it would be safe to assume that they know what they’re talking about.
Under the entry for the Huntsman Spider, they actually say, and I quote…
“Although the bite is not medically significant in most people, squashing the abdomen of a Huntsman with a hard object such as a shoe can result in an ‘explosion’ of material that can render the attacker blind for up to 2 days.”
Well, who knew?
Anyway, in my book, anyone who thinks its okay to squash one of these beautiful spiders needs to be taught that kind of lesson. These spiders have a lifespan of two years or more, I think we should let them enjoy that to the full. After all, they do eat some of our less pleasant insects, and they will even have a go at a cockroach!
Huntsman Spiders are well known for their ability to climb vertical walls, as you’ll see from this film. This, as I’ve said, is a Brown Huntsman Spider, not the biggest I’ve seen, his leg span was only about 8 cm (around 3 inches).
He knew I had seen him, he was on the wall in the house, I opened the door, and he kindly left the building. How about that?
Check it out…