The HUNTSMEN Spider is one scary lookin’ dude ya’ll, and my friend @naomikohbelic has been battling it out with one in her apartment for a while now. If you want to catch her hilarious stories about the huntsman and see the scary critter GOTO her highlight called Huntsmen.
Huntsmen Spiders of the family Sparassidae (the kind local to Australia where Naomi is), uses venom to immobilize prey but the venom is not too worrisome for your average healthy human (it may have other implications for her poor kitty though *meow*). This spider is generally a symbiotic creature, helping to rid areas of insects like cockroaches and crickets, but according to Naomi, her Huntsmen is not fulfilling his/her side of the bargain regardless of Naomi providing a very cozy and lately completely vacant home for the spider, because lets be real, its scary AF.
Interesting fact, the Sparassidae females are known to defend their egg sacs and young against perceived threats and can some species take care of their young for up to a year. WATCH OUT MAMA BEAR COMING THROUGH!!! They also move with incredible speeds making them particularly challenging to catch and relocate. Depending on the species, they can run anywhere from 16 to 42 body lengths per second. If you don’t know what they means (who knows body lengths right?), compare that to humans. The world record holding human for running, Usaun Bolt, runs 5.2 body lengths per second. That is some insane speed. Most spiders live to about a year old (the tarantula can live to 20 yrs old), but Huntsmen live about 2.5 years old. They do not use webs but rather vision, vibrations, and their super sneaky speeds to come up on prey and pounce on them. AHHHH RUN!!!! https://www.businessinsider.com.au/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-australian-huntsman-spider-2017-4
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