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Common neighbourhood spiders

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There are many hundreds of species of spiders in Australia which play a beneficial role in our environment by eating insect pests. Unfortunately an emphasis has been put on the fact that spiders are poisonous and we forget that very few spiders are actually harmful.

So impressive is their ability to catch insects that it is estimated that the weight of insects eaten annually by spiders outweighs the total weight of the entire human population.

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Spiders are not insects but are in the class Arachnida and unlike insects they do not spread disease or plunder our food supplies. Spiders have only two body parts, the cephalothorax and the abdomen, and eight legs instead of six. All spiders spin silk, but not all build webs for the purpose of catching prey. Spiders such as the common wolf spider run down their prey and a trapdoor spider lays in wait in its burrow awaiting prey to pass by.

In Western Australia, the only spider proven to be lethal is the red-back spider. There has been an effective antivenene for this spider since 1956 and there have been no deaths from a red-back spider bite in Australia since 1955. We also have many species of the large trapdoor spiders and, although venomous, none of these are considered life threatening. We do not have the deadly funnel-web spider in this state.

Red-back spiders

Red-back spiders, Lactrodectus hasselti, are common and found throughout Australia. They are seen mostly in disturbed areas and seem to like living near humans. They nest in dry, sheltered areas where they build messy tangled webs with sticky tracer leads going to the ground that “crackle” if you run a stick through them.

The female is easily identified with her long delicate front legs and a red or orange stripe on her pea-shaped abdomen. She also has a red or orange hourglass shape on her underside. Only the female is considered dangerous but is generally a timid spider, biting only in defence or when disturbed. The male is very small, and his fangs are unable to penetrate human skin. Very often the male will be taken by the female as a meal during mating. Our red-back is the same spider as the black widow of north America.

Although red-back spider bites are usually immediately painful, the venom (which contains neurotoxins) works very slowly. Bites can result in headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, hypertension and, in severe cases, paralysis.

Untreated, the symptoms worsen over a 24-hour period and may take weeks or months to heal. Red-back spider bites are the commonest poisonous bites requiring treatment in Australia, particularly over the summer months.

Trapdoor spiders

Trapdoor spiders, Mygalomorphae, are also common throughout Australia. These are the old-world or primitive spiders (mygalomorphs) having downward-pointing parallel fangs instead of the more typical pincerlike fangs. This is why they rear up in an apparently aggressive manner when threatened. Trapdoors are not aggressive spiders and spend the majority of their normally retiring lives in their burrows.

Males will wander temporarily during mating season, and this is usually when these spiders are encountered. Males do not live long after reaching maturity, usually dying soon after, or during, mating.

Trapdoor spiders are similar in appearance to fellow mygalomorphs, the funnel-web spiders. Unlike funnel-web spiders, they are not considered life endangering, although the mouse spider, a type of trapdoor, is capable of a very nasty bite. Not all trapdoor species have a trapdoor lid covering their holes, although they all live in burrows. The females have long life spans ranging from 5–20 years, taking several years to reach maturity. Insects are their main prey, but prey will also include other spiders and other small animals.

Black house spiders

Black house spiders, Badumna insignis, are also called window spiders because of the tendency to build their webs around window frames. These untidy, zigzag threaded webs usually have one or two funnel-shaped entrances leading into a tubular retreat, and some people mistakenly think they may be funnel-web spiders. These robust, hairy spiders range from 9mm (male) to 18mm (female) in length, are grey to black in colour, and are found Australia wide.

Black house spiders are timid and bites to humans are rare but may be painful and can cause general symptoms such as nausea, sweating and vomiting. In a few cases necrotic skin lesions have been reported after multiple bites.

These spiders catch a lot of flying insects around the home and garden, but are generally not tolerated well because of their messy webs around windows, eaves and even the mirrors of the family car! Enemies of these spiders include parasitic wasps, birds and the white-tailed spider.

White-tailed spiders

White-tailed spiders, Lampona cylindrata, are common and widespread across Australia. They are not web builders but vagrant hunters and are often seen inside houses, especially on summer evenings, wandering in search of prey. They are medium sized spiders, with cylindrical abdomens, grey to black bodies with stout legs and a white patch at the tip of the abdomen. They feed mainly on other spiders, plucking at their webs to imitate the struggling of an ensnared insect and then seizing the unsuspecting spider when it comes out of its retreat.

White-tailed spider bites typically cause initial burning pain followed by swelling and itchiness at the site. Occasionally, weals or cases of blistering ulceration have been reported and some medical studies suggest that this may be due to a secondary infection of the wound. Sensational media reporting of severe cases of skin ulceration (a condition termed ‘necrotic arachnidism’) has given this spider a fearful reputation it probably doesn’t deserve. Recent studies have monitored the medical outcomes of hundreds of verified white-tailed spider bites and found not a single case of ulceration. It is certainly safe to say that necrotic arachnidism is not a common outcome of a white-tailed spider bite. If they are common in the house, it is a good idea to check bedding before going to bed. Also, check your shoes before putting them on and do not leave clothing on the floor, as these spiders are often found sheltering in such situations.

Daddy long-legs

Daddy long-legs, Pholcus phalangioides, are cosmopolitan spiders and are probably the best known spiders world wide. They are almost always associated with human dwellings, famous for their small, dainty bodies with long legs up to 50mm in length.

These spiders are often found in the house or shed with their thin, tangled webs behind doors or attached to ceilings and upper walls in the corners of rooms. The non-sticky web of the daddy long-legs is really just a retreat for the spider and not designed to catch prey. The moment an insect ventures within striking range of the spider it will race out, bite and tangle up its prey until the struggle quickly ceases.

These spiders are harmless but, quite incorrectly, renowned for being deadly poisonous. Although their venom is quite toxic, their tiny fangs are incapable of penetrating human skin and the venom glands hold so little poison that it renders this distinction as merely mythical.

Huntsman spiders

Huntsman spiders are in the Sparassidae family and are the large ‘hairy scary’ spiders that absolutely terrify people when they scuttle out from behind a curtain or the sun visor in the car. In reality, Australian huntsman spiders are a fascinating group with 13 genera and 94 described species. Many huntsman spiders live socially in large family groups with the mothers showing extraordinary maternal instinct. These large, hairy grey-brown spiders have flattened bodies and are found throughout Australia, preferring to live outside under the bark of trees or under rocks and logs on the ground. They are typically long-legged (females can reach sizes up to 15cm across the legs) with forward facing legs, and are known for their scuttling sideways gait.

These sure-footed and agile spiders are nocturnal and sometimes seen indoors at night, hunting for insects. They have keen eyesight and are good hunters, running down and pouncing on their prey. None of these spiders spin webs of any kind. Although some huntsman spiders can give a painful bite, they are not considered dangerous to humans.

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Wolf spiders

There are hundreds of species of wolf spiders in the Lycosa species distributed very widely across Australia through their ability to disperse aerially as spiderlings. They are also known as lawn or garden wolf spiders by some, as this is where we often encounter them. Most wolf spiders are wanderers but some build burrows, either with or without a trapdoor entrance. Species range in size from 1–8cm across the legs and are distinguished from other ground dwelling spiders by their large eyes used for hunting at night. Like huntsman spiders, wolf spiders are highly maternal and we can sometimes see the mother-to-be roaming with her silken egg sac attached to her underside, or marvel at her piggy-backing dozens of her young.

Most wolf spiders are typically drab brown-grey with variegated black or fawn patterns on them. They are not dangerous to humans, although one species can give a painful bite, which has been known to cause blistering skin lesions and infection. For this reason you should consider wearing gloves when gardening.

Garden spider

Garden spiders, Eriophora transmarina, are common across Australia, and can reach 20–24mm in length. They are famed for their large orb (wheel) shaped webs we see in the home garden. Garden spider abdomens have a variety of patterns of colour and shape but two features common to these spiders are the red colouring in the leg joints and their ability to change colour to suit their surroundings. They build their webs at dusk and usually remove all but a single strand in the morning, when they retreat to surrounding shrubbery where their camouflaged bodies are rarely seen. Garden spiders are acutely aware of insect behaviour and when conditions are not favourable for flying insects, no attempt will be made to build a web. When conditions favour flying insects and a meal can be had, they waste no time, weaving a web in about 45 minutes.

These spiders are considered harmless to humans and bites are extremely rare.

Many of us will remember shrieking in horror after blundering through their webs strung across the path on a summer’s night. Disturbed in this manner though, these spiders will usually drop straight to the ground or scurry away and hide.

Unfamiliar pests

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is on the lookout for animal and plant pests, diseases and weeds that could pose a threat to agriculture and the environment.

If you discover something unfamiliar, please send a photo to the Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) by email: [email protected] or phone them on Freecall: 1800 084 881.

Please read the sending specimens for identification web article before sending, or bringing in, samples to the Pest and Disease Information Service, 3 Baron-Hay Court, South Perth, 6151, WA.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Huntsman Spiders But Were Afraid to Ask

Australia’s huntsman spiders are the stuff of myths and nightmares. But, they also hold a super interesting place in the pantheon of Australian wildlife. So, if one somehow catches your eye, or sneaks up on your shoe (brrr), try not to squish it to its death.

I study the behavioural ecology of these remarkable spiders. Elsewhere in the world I don’t tell people that I study spiders for a living, but in Australia, I confess that I do brag a little about being a huntsman specialist.

First, let’s talk numbers: there are currently 1207 species of huntsman spider in the Family Sparassidae, out of the total 45,881 described spider species worldwide. It is estimated that there are 155 huntsman spider species found throughout Australia.

Of those, approximately 95 species are found only in Australia. All of these are probably descended from a single common ancestor that immigrated from Papua New Guinea or elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Big, and fast

Huntsmen are big spiders. There are a few relatively small Aussie species, such as the tiny (non-endemic) amazingly camouflaged lichen spider (Pandercetes gracilis). But many of the endemics are sizeable animals that can weigh 1-2 grams and may be as big as the palm of your hand.

The world’s second largest species, the massive Golden Huntsman (Beregama aurea) from tropical Queensland, weighs over 5.5 grams. An adult’s forelegs may stretch 15 cm, and they lay egg sacs the size of golf balls.

Anyone who has chased a leggy huntsman knows that they are exceptionally fast. We have been measuring the running speed of the endemic huntsman species.

The top speed demons are both sizeable animals from tropical Queensland, Holconia hirsuta and Beregama aurea, who run 42 or 31 body lengths per second, respectively. Compare this to the world-record-holding human, Usain Bolt, who runs at a sluggish 5.2 body lengths per second.

These are some of the fastest spiders recorded in the world. The slow pokes, the rotund but colorful Badge huntsman (Neosparassus species), only run 16 body lengths per second.

Perhaps it just wants a hug?

Huntsmen are long-lived for spiders, with most living for about 2.5 years. Although some other primitive spiders (such as tarantulas) can live up to 20 years, most other spiders live less than a year.

All huntsman spiders are active at night, emerging from their retreats to forage for insects and other invertebrates, and occasionally small vertebrates. They are ambush predators, generally sitting and waiting for prey to come close before running and leaping on it.

Huntsmen don’t use webs, but use a combination of vibrations and vision to locate their prey. Consider the huntsman a small workforce of natural insect exterminators in your house and garden.

During the day, most huntsman prefer to rest in retreats under bark, crevices, or other protected areas. This is why so many people encounter the spiders under the sun visors of their cars or behind curtains in their homes, because those are perfect tight spaces for a sleepy spider.

Depending on where you live, different huntsman species tend to wander inside. In Canberra, I have no idea where the medium-sized Isopedella pessleri actually live in the wild, because they are most often caught indoors.

The family that preys together, stays together

In order to mate with virgin females, male huntsman often search out females that are not quite mature and guard them for long periods. All huntsman females are attentive mothers who actively guard their egg sacs and new born offspring for around three weeks. But for most huntsman species, these are the only social interactions they experience in their entire lives.

But the social huntsman, Delena cancerides, lives in complex family groups up to 150 strong, led by a dominant matriarch. A single mum establishes a retreat under bark of a dead tree. Then her offspring from one to four clutches remain with her until they reach sexual maturity at almost a year old. Peeling off bark to find a family of these spiders can be quite a shock.

These social huntsman aren’t found in our homes, although I’ve heard of them establishing colonies under window shutters. One long-lived colony was in a backyard where the bark retreat had been affixed in place by a laundry line.

Our research shows that having older siblings in the group brings big payoffs to younger animals, as they can share prey with their more capable older siblings.

Conflict and cooperation in Australian huntsman spiders.

Why should large spiders remain at home with mum and siblings, when they can clearly fend for themselves? It turns out that there simply aren’t enough suitable under bark retreats for D. cancerides to occupy. We find that in most habitats, sufficiently large retreats are rare.

As a result, there is strong competition among D. cancerides for each retreat, and larger females can displace smaller females. We believe that by remaining in the protected shelter of home until they are young adults, the spiders are larger and more competitive in the battle over bark retreats which are an absolute necessity for raising their own young.

The social huntsman spiders, Delena cancerides, are found under the bark of dead trees. The mother (on the left) may have four clutches of young who remain with her until they reach sexual maturity. This means that spiders of all sizes interact with each other through their development.

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Don’t throw a wobbly and hurt a huntsman

What should you do if you do find a big spider in your car or living room? First, get a grip! She isn’t going to hurt you.

Second, find a take-away container, scoop the spider into the container and release it outside. Huntsman spiders almost never bite humans since they rely on speed to escape most predators. When they do bite, most bites are quick defensive nips without injecting venom.

In 14 years of studying Aussie huntsman spiders, I’ve handled many thousands of individuals and been bitten only 11 times when I (mostly) deserved it. Their fangs are big enough to break skin, but the venom rarely has much effect.

An exception is the Badge huntsman which is reputed to have a more potent venom, so simply use a container to move them.

It might be a hard one to do if you’re scared of creepy crawlies, but treasure your huntsman spiders if you can. They deserve a place alongside koalas and kangaroos as iconic Australian wildlife even if they aren’t as cute or cuddly.

This article was originally published on The Conversation.

This article has been updated since its original publication.

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Comments

Thanks for taking the time to write a very informative article.

But…
In 1977 I was forced to sit thru the excremental Kingdom of the Spiders starring William Shatner.

After that I decided the only good spider is a dead spider.

My five point Spider Survival Guide… in ascending order of effectiveness,

1. Pea Beu
2. Mortein
3. Black Flag
4. Raid
5. Large Hammer

ps: here in SA there are more Redbacks than people

That’s because redbacks don’t care how boring the place they’re living is.

And also because most sane humans don’t want to live in SA.

sorry, tell me about the cost of living compared to other states again?

Cost shmost, I’d pay to live in a better place than Adelaide.

oh, you’re one of those. carry on.

Glad you could recognise your superior.

actually, it was a nod to your narrow mindedness and unreasoning. and any further attempts to get a decent answer out of you would be pointless as your ‘type’ cant be reasoned with, thus me telling you to carry on while i give up due to it being like talking to a brick wall.

I know it is a couple of months late, but where is your sense of tradition..Number 1 should always be and is the great aussie “thong” (the one for the foot..not the other one..)

I don’t even bother putting them outside. If they want to get up during the night and chase down silverfish and other bugs around my house they’re welcome to as many as they can catch.

Ok, I get that they’re great for killing nuisance insects and such around the house, but that still doesn’t make me want them around.

I HATE them. They scare the shit outta me. I had an incident not long ago where I had three different ones three nights in a row in my house. I know because I vacuumed up each one and threw it in the trash outside. Yes I vacuumed them. I need a olongapo pole because I’m too scared to go near them.

Turns out there must have been a nest in my garage and they were waltzing into my house during the night because I left the garage door open for my cat to access her newly moved kitty litter tray.

Anyway. Kill them with fire!

Are those poles made in Olongapo? Are there many huntsman spider in Olongapo? Seems like a very specific market they’re trying to fill.

Usually the bigger the spider the less dangerous it is to humans. it is the smaller White Tails, red backs and funnel web spiders that are far more dangerous than the nearly harmless Huntsman. I find one, pick it up and take it outside.

Funnelwebs small? Mate, you have obviously never lived in Sydney and had one of these small dog sized terrors walking up your curtains. Easily comparable to a hunstman in leg spread size, but with a much, much larger body.

Funnel webs aren’t that big dude, you’re mistaking it for another spider. Funnel webs are only about 4-5cm long.

Their bodies are about that long. With the legs on them as well, they can be quite similar in size to a decent huntsman.

They really aren’t comparable in size to a huntsman. Still an above average size for a spider mind you, but not huntsman size.

I guess it depends on the size of huntsman you’re used to.

Annoying when people call them tarantulas

I love a good huntsman. We had a rather small huntsman that lived behind our bathroom mirror with only three legs. We named it Jake (the peg, long before Rolf Harris was revealed to have done some pretty awful things he was well liked in our household). After a few weeks of eating our mosquitoes it eventually wandered into the web of a particularly large daddy-long-legs and was itself eaten which was a surprisingly sad occurrence to come home to.

I’ve never hurt a huntsman and never will, they are bloody beautiful animals, cool to read an article about them from the perspective of someone that knows a thing or two about them, I never knew they lived so long.

I had one living in my room years ago. One night it was doing laps running around on the old 34cm TV I had – up and down the aerial end to end.
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I don’t mind them much now, but hated them as a kid. Had a big one go up the *inside* of my trouser leg. Fastest I’ve ever got a pair of pants off let me tell you. Used to have tons of them on our property at Nanango. I remember when Dad was clearing the property of the old dead trees he’d push a tree over and the bark would fly off and out would scurry literally a dozen big spiders. The magpies and butcher birds had a field day.

White tails are harmless. Funnel webs are large spiders as well. Check your facts.

Hunstman are the spawn of Satan and must die, preferably via tactical nuclear weapon.

Their fangs are big enough to break skin, but the venom rarely has much effect.
That’s unaustralian. most australian fauna will kill with extreme prejudice…

Typical of the totally pathetic ignorance, selfishness and stupidity of the majority of people who INCORRECTLY think they have a right to kill creatures which are HARMLESS to humans.
Those humans should be squished, poisoned and splattered in defence of the spiders they kill.
Spiders only attack when provoked, and the human race would be eliminated completely within 5 years if it wasn’t for spiders killing bugs which are HARMFUL to humans.

Great article. Good on all those who think they’re awesome because they justify killing them cause “they scary!”

Like others here, if you kill a huntsman shame on you.

As a kid, I would catch a Huntsman, ball it up into my mouth, then tap other kids on the shoulder, open my mouth and enjoy their screams as it ran out and across my face.

I was probably lucky I was never bitten.

loving all the softcocks that are so scared of spiders they have to play it off with ‘only good spider is a dead spider’. bravo ladies, bravo.

Your toxic sexism is pathetic. Grow up, kid.

thus me telling you to carry on while i give up due to it being like talking to a brick wall.
And yet here you are still blabbing on like someone gives a shit about your two cents. Lol.

We just had one hot day amidst a week of rain and on that one day a giant female decided to make a run for it into our garage. I’ve been scared of spiders since I was little but over the years have grown out of my fears – especially for Huntsmen. Anyway I was trying to get her onto a broom so I could take her back outside to an insect riddden bush and noticed she was very sluggish – like she was drunk or couldnt be bothered defending herself. Would like to know why. She had no interest at all in aggression or defense. Was a bit worried about her so we’ve been keeping an eye on her bush ever since lol. A few years ago I would have just nuked the house.

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We have a huntsman guarding a nest in the cupboard I’d love to relocate outdoors, is there a way I can safely move her and her babies?

I never kill huntsmen. I catch them and put them outside.

Only white tip spiders, and red backs get the killing treatment.

flames are incredibly efficient and non toxic at offing an arachnid. it only takes a split second pass of a naked flame and they instantly curl up.

You’re right about the natural insect repellent thing. We were chasing Gerald at work for 3 days and I finally caught him one morning while he was chilling on my monitor. He didn’t put up a fight while I shoved him in the container and released him at the Neighbour’s. The joke was on us eventually. Not a week had past since Gerlad moved in next door, and we got all of their cockroaches.

Have had a love and not so loved relationship with Huntsman’s
As small child always told they were harmless. At aged 8 found one on back looking decidedly dead. Poked gently with index finger (stupid but hey 8 years of age and trusting) only to have all 8 legs firmly grasp said finger (very unpleasant sensation) and receive a sharp nip (a far more unpleasant sensation) which drew tiny spot of blood and slightly swollen finger for a couple days.
As an adult seem to be a magnet for them. Im sure they aren’t deliberately seeking me out but feels like it.
Sat down at dining table with freshly made roll on plate on lap only to have large Huntsman drop from underside of table onto top of roll, all roll contents and plate went flying as did me. Next encounter had shower washing hair, put on jeans and top sat down to blow dry long hair when I felt furry blob in jeans lower left leg. Grasped jeans round mid leg area to prevent spider running up and eventually it crawled out one long leg emerging after another dragging enlarged abdomen from lower end of jeans till whole body out then I stomped leg on floor and spider fell off me running one way and it another. A couple days later was vacuuming and I don’t know where the Huntsman came from, but ran up length of vacuum pole TOWARDS me, I did a runner (yes I chicken but vivid memory of spider nip as a child) A few nights later went to bed and awoke to activity of cats on bed, I looked up at ceiling and here’s a Huntsman abseiling down from ceiling on a single strand of web (I didn’t know these spiders had any capacity to make even a single thread) straight for my face. I launched horizontally to well out of reach of spider. Not a week later went to hop in shower and pulled aside shower curtain and out dropped Huntsman onto my bare foot, weirdly fuzzy and heavy but no bite thankfully. And why the heck do these Arachnids launch a jump straight at one when all I am trying to do is use the broom to guide them out of the open door to outside the house.

we have a very odd huntsman in our house at the moment.
she (?) hangs around in very intrusive places – eg, on the floor right in a doorway, on the bowl of the coffee grinder, on the breadboard, right next to the handle on doors, underneath the breakfast table, etc. she stays in each place for a couple of days, ignoring people coming and going, and then moves somewhere else. we’ve only had to chase her away once (had to have some coffee!) but we just keep an eye out for her and let everyone know where she is.

If it gets inside past the insect spray barriers it dies. We woke up to one crawling over us in bed once. It’s a completely natural human reaction to be repulsed by them.

When I was a toddler we had a huntsman living in our house which my mum named ‘Harry’, he was become a sort of pet and we became excited to see him. I think she did it so we wouldn’t be frightened and worked really well. Despite being a really fearful child I was never bothered by spiders in our home, if anything I was fascinated by them. They are very easy to catch using the glass and piece of paper trick. There’s no need to harm them, they mean us no harm.

As a lover of spiders and all insects I want everyone to know that `Wet and Forget’, a mould killer for outside, kills spiders. Personally I would like to see the end of all poisons used on our planet. I’d like everyone to get over their childish reactions and phobias. Articles like this help. I’m in Sydney and have noticed the spiders seem to have just disappeared. Anyone know what is going on?

We have had a resident huntsman for about 3 weeks now and my son has called it Ryder (how do I know if male or female by the way?). She? went MIA for about 10 days until last night and I noticed some fluff had entangled itself around her leg. I found a large container which she happily obliged to go into and I used some tongs and other tools to remove it gently. She hardly moved throughout the whole encounter but seemed fully mobile and flixible at the end as I gently touched different legs (with a tool!) to test her responses? Is this normal behaviour seeing as though we have not shown a wish to harm in the past? Or is this lovely lady most likely sick or on her last legs? TIA

I adore huntsman spiders. Wasn’t always the way. Growing up it was a thing for mother to freak out and we followed suit. I recall having one on my ceiling in the bedroom years and years ago and spraying it. It looked so small and sad on the floor and I cried. I did. From that time it was ‘GROW UP’ for me. Where I live I had a tree outside the balcony off my main bedroom and every summer, in would wander a large one – I suspect they were females, having studied up on their anatomy. Seriously, I became to not only respect them to love them. I gave them all names. Big Bertha was a bit of a freakout – coz WOW she was big. My favourite was Veronica – she made her way through the apartment until she found her happy spot in the back room which is warm and also had a few plants. When it was hot I used to get up on a chair and spritz her gently with water – she would very methodically drink it off each leg. She was on the sheer curtain one day and I got to pat her underside – she loved it and spread herself out like she was having a massage, She stayed for about three weeks – I hope all worked out for her. Had another who decided to crawl into an ornate glass bottle on the window ledge and have her nest of babies. I had to work out how to gently move her and her little pod out of there so they wouldn’t all hatch in my home! That was an amazing experience and it worked out so well. I am here today because I have my first huntsman in so long (they cut the tree down) – its a juvenile and I think male. Just hanging out in the bathroom at the mo. Don’t freak at huntsman – they are the labradors of the spider world.