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Species Heteropoda venatoria - Huntsman Spider

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Sparassidae (Giant Crab Spiders)
Genus Heteropoda
Species venatoria (Huntsman Spider)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Heteropoda (Greek) venatoria (Latin) translates to 'hunter with unequal legs.'
Body length of adults ranges from 22-28 millimeters. The long legs add considerable size; leg spans can reach 3-5 inches.
Adult male (black on carapace and longer legs):

Adult female (no black on carapace):

Juvenile specimens may have a mottled pattern:
Pantropical: Gulf states (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, TX) as well as California.
Year-round in warm temperatures.
Insects, including cockroaches.
Life Cycle
Females carry their egg sac beneath their body.
Non-native, introduced from Central America, possibly on banana shipments. Apparently spreading into the USA from warmest areas.
Can be swift and sometimes aggressive but not considered dangerously venomous to humans. May bite in self-defense if roughly handled; mildly painful bite (can be likened to a bee sting if spider injects venom).
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