Sydney Huntsman Spider
(Holconia immanis)
by Jon Fouskaris

*Information provided by Francesco Tomasinelli

Sydney Huntsman Spider
Specimen provided by Francesco Tomasinelli.

Photo taken by Francesco Tomasinelli.

       The Sydney Huntsman Spider is a large, active, unusual species of spider. They are easily recognizable with their flattened bodies, long legs, and ambush hunting strategy. These spiders are not very aggressive, but they are relatively skittish and exceptionally fast! Much different from tarantulas, Sydney Huntsman Spiders do not seem to make use of retreats and other tarantula-associated hiding places. Vertical habitat decorations are much better, like cork bark. They will hide in the holes of the cork bark, rocks, etc. Sydney Huntsman Spiders are voracious feeders, and nocturnal in nature. They are found in dry savannahs, gardens, and even in sunny places in cities. This species is great for intermediate keepers who can handle speedy spiders. The Sydney Huntsman Spider is an extraordinary species, very distinct from other true spiders. They may be hard to obtain, but it is well worth the effort!
Range Australia and New Zealand.
Type Arboreal.
Diet Spiderlings eat flightless fruit flies, and pinhead crickets. Adults eat crickets, other large insects, and lizards.
Full Grown Size 3.5 to 6 inches.
Growth Fast speed.
Temperature 75 to 85 F.
Humidity Around 50%.
Temperament Docile and active.
Housing Babies can live in a tall clear plastic container with air holes. Adults can live in a 2.5 to 5-gallon tank. Height is more important than floor space.
Substrate 1 to 2 inches of sand.
Decor Branches, cork bark, rocks, etc. make good hiding places and climbing accessories.
Other Names Sydney Giant Crab Spider, and Sydney Giant Huntsman Spider.

*Please note that ALL true spiders have a certain amount of venom. Although most people are not affected by this species, some people may be allergic to the venom, or just more sensitive, making it a dangerous situation. This is one of the reasons that people should not handle this true spider.  Affects of this true spiders' natural defenses may vary between people. All true spiders should be considered dangerous, so be careful, because you don't want to find out if you are allergic or more sensitive the HARD WAY!

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