Meet Harry the Huntsman Spider

We’ve heard about Harry the Huntsman spider from the comments made by Rick Boutcher on my post about Huntsman spiders, now it’s time to meet Harry.

First, Harry lives in Carosucan Norte, Pangasinan, Philippines. Yes, it’s not in Australia, but Huntsman spiders don’t care too much about geography.

The house is called Two Winds Estate…

Two Winds EstatePlease click on any of these images to enlarge them, then simply hit the back button on your browser to return to this page.

Harry was rescued from certain death by Rick when he plucked him from the claws of his cat, Kato…

Harry 1Harry and Rick bonded instantly; here’s Rick about to tickle Harry under the chin…

Harry 2Harry truly is a fine specimen of Huntsman, as we would say here in Australia, he’s a beauty or ‘bewt’…

Harry 3Is he smiling in that one? Somewhere, under all that hair, I think he is.

For the last two years, Harry and his family have been provided with the shelter of Rick’s home in return for them taking care of the less welcome bugs and critters that enter into the house. They’ve been doing a great job proving that humans and Huntsman can live side-by-side.

Harry himself hasn’t been spotted by Rick for a while, which is worrying; Huntsman generally only have a two-year lifespan. I’m sure we all hope that wherever Harry is, he is safe and well.

My thanks to Rick for sending me these photos, here’s Rick…

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  • Daniel November 9, 2016, 3:48 pm | Link

    Just passing by and spotted Harry and had to read. Rick is not the only gentleman to share their home with these larger spiders. Harry is a Heteropoda venatoria, male (huntsman),much a pantropical spider. They are common also in the south east US. I had one in my bedroom in Florida a few weeks, I named mine Zeus. Much just chilled on the walls near the ceiling, but a champion bug catcher. I like to think he found his way outside, found a mate and fulfilled his life after vanishing. Sadly, these males don’t live much into the winter after maturity. Certainly not aggressive, but fast if spooked. I didn’t handle Zeus much save for giving him a moth with a pair of tweezers. These are welcome in my place any time, and bites are the last thing I worry about, Thanks for your blog, really enjoyed it. D.

    • BobinOz November 10, 2016, 5:28 pm | Link

      As we say here in Australia Daniel, good on ya! Allowing a huntsman to live in your house isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you can do it, the rewards are there as you’ve seen.

      I love his name, by the way.

      Like yourself, I’m comfortable when these spiders are around, but I haven’t yet found the courage to pick one up. Maybe that’s the next stage 🙂 I did have one in my house a while back and a friend of mine did pick it up, carefully cupped it in his hand and took it outside. My house gets pest sprayed, so we needed to get him out before he started wheezing. The spider was fine, didn’t panic and didn’t even attempt to bite. They are gentlemen.

      Here in Queensland, I think our huntsmen generally live for a couple of years. Our winters are mild, probably not too dissimilar to yours.

      Death to all cockroaches, cheers, Bob

      • Daniel November 11, 2016, 12:48 pm | Link

        Thanks Bob. For me, I simply grew up with spiders, the big ones I had to deal with were our huge wolf spiders, more robust and not as leggy as Sparassids. Handling huntsman is just not hard once on your hand, they are fast and tricky to coral. what I have read, even your giant huntsman are no worse than a bee sting. My neighbor poking a finger at one the spider mistook his finger for a bug and bit, said it was hardly bad at all.
        Being around spiders all my life and knowing what I do, I really can’t fathom how spiders got such a bad reputation in the first place. Used to be nothing but a sign of poor housekeeping, today, a sign of terror.
        Perhaps not everyone’s cup o tea, but certainly a misunderstood animal.
        Cheers mate.

        • BobinOz November 11, 2016, 9:20 pm | Link

          Well, my main post about the huntsman spider, there is a link to it right at the end of the above article, has been going for five years or so. Recently, Kelly posted a comment on March 18, 2016, 3:00 pm reporting that she had been bitten by a huntsman.

          I’ve got a post about the redback spider and it is littered with people who have been bitten by one, this was the first time anyone has said they’d been bitten by a huntsman. Anyway, she described it as being ‘like two bee stings’ and said the spider actually hung on to her. So it can be a nasty bite, but nothing serious, and it is very rare.

          Like yourself, I don’t know why spiders cause so much fear, and I sometimes wonder if spiders ask themselves that question as well when every time they walk into a room people start screaming 🙂

  • Elijah July 8, 2016, 8:25 am | Link

    I’m living in the philippines and just an hour ago i encountered a really huge spider. I was on panic mode and grabbed my laptop and ran upstairs. I have huge fears with all spiders in general. I researched hard trying to figure out what spider i saw because it’s 6:18 AM right now and i cannot sleep with the thought of a spider in the house. I came across this website and read about the Huntsman spider since they are the most commonly found big spiders in the houses of philippines. I have to say your post about encountering one and the link to this post of Harry the huntsman spider really really helped me a lot. It made me less paranoid and i saw the good side of spider. This was like free therapy for my phobia 🙂 Thanks a bunch Rick and Bob and now i can sleep peacefully.

    • BobinOz July 9, 2016, 12:52 am | Link

      This is fantastic news Elijah, I’m so pleased that you found this website first. The Huntsman spider only appears so scary because of his size, but he really is a gentleman and nothing to worry about. He is actually your friend.

      So glad to hear you can now sleep well 🙂

      Rick’s story about Harry has helped so many people with this sort of thing, I think we all owe him a pat on the back for taking the time to tell us all about it.

      Cheers, Bob

  • Mandy July 2, 2016, 1:27 am | Link

    HAHAHAHA!! That post is brilliant! First of all…I want to live in Two Winds 🙁 it’s a palace!!
    Though I have to say, being an arachnophobe….it gave me the willies!! Living in England and being afraid of anything other than a money spider….The thought of Harry or his mates being anywhere near any part of my body makes me freeze with terror!! HOWEVER!! I do love the fact that people look after them and welcome them in their homes. I personally would never sleep at night, bleugh!!! I would never harm one though. I won’t even sit on my chairs outside if there is a spider web on it because I don’t want to ruin it’s hard work and I ain’t sharing a seat with it, so spider 1, Mandy 0!

    • BobinOz July 3, 2016, 1:04 am | Link

      Well good onya Mandy, it’s great to hear from somebody who doesn’t get on much with spiders but yet will still not harm them. Brilliant!

      I’d say spider 1, Mandy 1, it’s a draw. Without realising it, you and spiders are living in harmony. You don’t harm them, and they don’t harm you. Perfect.

      And yes, Two Winds, nice pad eh?

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