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    Heteropoda venatoria: Brief Summary
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    Heteropoda venatoria is a species of spider in the family Sparassidae, the huntsman spiders. It is native to the tropical regions of the world, and it is present in some subtropical areas as an introduced species. Its common names include giant crab spider and cane spider.

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    Heteropoda venatoria, commonly called thebrown huntsman spiderorlaya, is found in many tropical and subtropical parts of the world, including Asia, someMascareneand Caribbean islands, the southeastern US, and (especially) Australia. In Hawaii, where it was introduced, it is known as thecane spider. They are fairly large, some having a leg span of approximately five inches (13 centimetres). Although they are rather fearsome in appearance, they are very easily alarmed by the approach of humans and will very rapidly flee.

    The female brown huntsman can be recognized by her stout body and the pillow-like egg sac that she often carries under her. The male typically has a slender body, longer and thinner legs, and a distinctive pattern on hiscarapace. Both male and female are reddish-brown to greyish-brown in color, and slightly hairy.

    Brown huntsman spiders do not spinwebs. These spiders are known to hunt by waiting quietly on a vertical surface (or even a ceiling) and then rushing forward when their prey gets within close range. Their exceptional agility and speed, as well as their ability to contort and squeeze through tight spaces, give them a strong advantage both in capturing prey and evading predators. They feed at night. Brown huntsmen are welcomed in some homes, as they feed on pests such ascockroachesandsilverfish.

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