Huntsman Spiders

The Huntsman Spiders also known as  Giant Crab Spiders, are spiders in the family Sparassidae. They are known as rain spiders in southern Africa. The species in the picture has a leg span of about 50mm. Most huntsman spiders are brown or gray. Their legs are covered with spines. They have two claws at the tip of each tarsus. Huntsman spiders do not build webs for catching prey, but rather hunt and forage for their food. They basically feed on insects and other invertebrate.

Huntsman Spiders
Huntsman Spider
Huntsman Spider
Huntsman Spider
Huntsman Spider

7 comments:

Aniruddha H D said...

Great find and excellent photographs! That's one big spider!

Zane said...

Excellent photos of the spider. I have recently taken some hairy macro close up photographs of a South African rain spider. Will try to include in my next blog update.

Anna said...

Oh birdy, that is scare one, but nice shot after all. Anna :)

PhotoPixie said...

Interesting text and beautifully captured photographs! Well done.

John S. Mead said...

Excellent spiders for CC this week! So many folks are arachnophobic - I like when folks share the spiders they encounter! Kudos on a job well done!

FlyingFox Asia said...

You have provided very interesting knowledge about Huntsman Spiders here. These are really very scary and thanks for such wonderful photographs.

Steven Scott said...

Great blog. I love the spider photos!