Huntsman Spider (Giant Crab Spider)

Family Sparassidae

This is a large spider, with the body reaching as long as 1 inch.  Huntsman spider are very common in Florida and are often found in homes.  At night they can be found on walls and ceilings looking for their favorite prey...cockroaches.  These spiders are very fast and have no problem chasing down a large roach.

Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda venatoria)3
Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda venatoria)2


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