Heteropoda venatoria, 27 June 2014

Heteropoda venatoria, the Pantropical huntsman spider;
Lake county, Florida (27 June 2014).

The Pantropical huntsman spider is, at this point, a global species. Perhaps native to southeastern Asia (I’m not entirely sure), it’s now very well established throughout most of the Floridian peninsula. This is an extremely adaptable and successful species. Though they can be intimidating to some people because of their size, the huntsman will do its best to avoid direct human contact, preferring instead to hunt about for a decent meal in relative safety.

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