Malaysian Orange Huntsman Spider
(Family Heteropodidae)
by Jon Fouskaris

*Information provided by Frank Somma

Malaysian Orange Huntsman Spider
ADULT FEMALE
Specimen provided by Frank Somma.

Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.

       The Malaysian Orange Huntsman Spider really lives up to its' (common) name. This fuzzy true spider, which has not been described yet, is unique in that it is completely orange, and a bright orange at that! You can tell from the photo to the left that it sports a reddish-orange exoskeleton with bright orange hairs covering the body. These beautiful true spiders are fast, wild, and arboreal. Malaysian Orange Huntsman Spiders are new additions to the hobby. They aren't available to the public in large numbers, but hopefully spiderlings will be produced soon. Malaysian Orange Huntsman Spiders do not make great "pets", simply because they can be so quick to run! They can get away from even experienced keepers if complete attention is not given. Even though their speed may make them hard to handle, they can be rewarding to observe. Imagine how fast this spider can catch food if it is fast to start off with! The Malaysian Orange Huntsman Spider is a magnificent new species to look for in the future.
Range Forests of Malaysia.
Type Arboreal.
Diet Spiderlings eat flightless fruit flies, and pinhead crickets. Adults eat crickets, and other large insects.
Full Grown Size 3.5 to 4 inches.
Growth Fast speed.
Temperature 75 to 80 F.
Humidity Around 80%.
Temperament Semi-aggressive and nervous.
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 peat moss.
Decor Branches, cork bark, vines, etc. make good hiding places and climbing accessories.
Other Names Orange 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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