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Huntsman spiders are not found in the United States any further north than Southern California. They can not survive but in the most tropical of situations which are hot all year round, or in desert scrubland like the Olios giganteus on my website. That is one thing to consider before labelling a spider from the States as a Huntsman. Most are imported, and fewer than 3 species are common enough to be called native to this country, besides some smaller Olios species, which are found in the southwest (not San Francisco, which is in Northern California). While you may in some rare instance find a huntsman up north, it'll die as soon as season changes occur. - Paul Day

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Reply: This is Holconia immanis - David Hirst

26 November, 2004:
My mum find this huntsman while folding up some clothes after they were  drying in our garage. The bed in the picture was a double queen bed for  comparisons sake. It was also very aggressive, rearing up at a broom and
striking at it like a funnelweb would do. We eventually let it go outside.  Thought you might be interested as it was a very large huntsman. I live in  Coffs Harbour Australia.

18 November, 2004:
While I was on a business trip to Mainland China, we stopped off at this hole in the wall restaurant for lunch. While we were waiting for our table, we noticed this Huntsman sitting on the wall next to the air conditioner. The spider’s body was almost 2 inches long and was spread out almost 6-8” in diameter. We were stunned at the thing. I tried to get my pen into the picture next to it, but the spider lunged at it which was enough to scare the crap out of me. I have never seen a spider this large before. Thought you might get a kick out of it.

26 October, 2004:
glen -great site! i've never had so much fun researching spiders! i was  inspired by a large brown spider we found in the bathtub tonight. a  photo that looks like the one in the glass next to my computer was
posted by someone else on your site - also from the San Francisco Bay  Area in California. he wrote in Feb 20, 2002, saying he also found it  in the bathtub at night. Any thoughts? I'd like to know who's living in
my neighborhood.  It's 1 3/4 "  long and 1 1/2" wide, not fully extended. thanks for organizing such an informative forum for eight-legged  learning. please contact me at your convenience, - shawnee


28 September, 2004:

This rather nice specimen arrived at the University where I work. It  was found in a house in Sheffield (UK) but I'm convinced it is not  native to this country. If you have any thoughts it would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,

Reply: Looks like a huntsman?

21 July, 2004:
Could you tell me what kind of spider this is ?? I live in the California Desert, Hemet.
Thank You
Debbie Algarin

9 July, 2004:
think this is a huntsman. i found it in my house i live in bradenton florida, could you identify it and tell me if it is venomous or not? feel free to use this picture.
thank you,
Frank Varela


Reply: Looks like a huntsman.

29 November, 2003:
I live in Southern California.. we found this spider lurking in a bedroom closet. She looks like a kind of huntsman. Leg to leg, she measures about 2.5 inches. Any more information would be greatly appreciated..
P.S.: You have a splendid website!


Reply: This is Holconia immanis - David Hirst

24 October, 2003:
Here's a Huntsman photo taken by one of the children in my classes' parents. It's a beauty.

Reply: This is Holconia immanis - David Hirst

13 February, 2003:
Dear sir,
I was wondering if you could please identify this spider for me, we found it in Brisbane under a car that had been sitting in the garage for awhile. I look forward to your reply.
thank you
john chapman
Reply: Looks like a Huntsman.

22 April, 2002:
Spring is here, and all of the spiders are coming out.  They seem to be worse this year than any year previous, and I'm just curious as to what kind of spiders these are.   They are most likely found parked on the ceiling, as flat as can be. Occasionally, they can be seen running across the floor, and they are in a BIG hurry in doing so.  They are anywhere between the size of a dime to a quarter... very rarely bigger than a quarter.  They've never come down into my basement bedroom.... until this year.  They've started infiltrating my room and I've killed 3 in this last week rapelling down from the ceiling from a web, 2 of which were into my bed, and the 3rd was right by my face sitting at my computer here tonight. I live in a woodsy, mountainous area of Western Montana, USA, in the foot hills, surrounded by pine and fir trees. Do you know who can ID this spider and possibly give me tips on how to control them in the house?  I'm to the point where I'm afraid to sleep in my own bed because of them (I'm just slightly scared of spiders) and am about ready to set off a bug-bomb throughout my whole house, whether the parents like it or not.  They say "It's too much of a hassle to bomb" but they don't have the spiders trying to sleep with them in their room, either. Attached is a couple pictures of one of the culprits hanging out on my ceiling, and another of one as seen under a microscope. 
Thanks a bunch for any help! 

2 February, 2002:
After exactly 1 week of watching the huge Huntsman below remaining motionless in my kitchen, this morning brought this offering on the kitchen bench. Dead?? no, just the spider's skin from moulting, which must have been the reason for sitting so still in the one place for a week.
Where is it now, bigger and better?? Who knows  - and that's the scary part!!! Notice how even the fang sockets look intact!! Click each photo for a larger view.

Reply: This is Holconia immanis - David Hirst

27 January, 2002:
Here's another huge one in the kitchen this time. Click the photo to the right for a closer look.  Compare its size to the plate on the wall!!

Reply: This is Heteropoda species, They are commonly referred to as 'tropical huntsmen'. There are about 40 species in Australia and are sometimes difficult to identify to that level from photograph as the patterns look very similar. - David Hirst

7 January, 2002:
Here's one of the biggest Huntsman I have ever seen, living in my bathroom. He is around 13cm across (5 inches) and I wish he would pick someone else's house to live in!! Looks like a relation of the one below also found in Brisbane!!

Reply: This is Heteropoda species - David Hirst
Found crawling up a wall and on the floor, Brisbane, Australia. It's back right leg was lost in the battle to take it prisoner. Thanks for taking a look, Tony.

This one looks like a Huntsman but was sent in as a Wolf Spider. Anyone help on this one, please.

Reply: 26 September, 2001: Looks like a Huntsmen to me, perhaps a juvenile species, Paul Day