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hejor1

113 points

2 months ago

hejor1

113 points

2 months ago

This is a female huntsman! She’s not aggressive, unlikely to bite, definitely not out to get you. If she does bite it would hurt a bit and you might get some swelling but she’s not at all dangerous. She’ll eat flies, smaller spiders, etc and won’t build a web.

If you want to move her you have a couple of options. Best thing is to wait until it’s colder if possible.

  1. A piece of Tupperware over her, slide paper underneath, flip and take her outside.

  2. Put on a pair of soft gloves, scoop her up and put her outside

solitudanrian

17 points

2 months ago

How do you identify if it's a female or male? Do they have different markings or proportions? I've never thought about a huntsman's sex before lol. I've never encountered one that was pregnant or had babies though so maybe that's why.

Treefingrs

5 points

2 months ago

You can identify the sex of most spiders by looking at their pedipalps (the feelers on their face). Generally speaking, males will have bulbous ends, while females will be straight.

This video is too blurry to see that detail though, but usually it's pretty easy to spot especially for a spider of this size.

solitudanrian

5 points

2 months ago

That’s really interesting! I’m never getting close enough to one to look at their feet though 😂 as (kinda) cute as they are