World’s Largest Huntsman Spider As Big As A Dinner Plate Found In Greater Mekong – Video & Pictures

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huntsman-spider-as-big-as-a-dinner-plate-greater-mekong A 600,000 square kilometres of wetlands in Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam and China called the Greater Mekong (rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River) is home to a number of new animal species discovered and seen by humans for the first time. More than a thousand new species have been discovered in the Greater Mekong area in the last decade.

One of the most remarkable species that was found in Laos is a Huntsman Spider whose legs are about 30 centimetres long and is described to be as big as a dinner plate. According to Wiki,

“Huntsman spider is a common name given to the family Sparassidae (formerly Heteropodidae). The larger specimens of these spiders are sometimes referred to as Wood Spiders, due to their common preference for inhabiting woody places (forest, mine shafts, woodpiles).

These eight-eyed spiders are found in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Florida, and Hawaii, and possibly in many other tropical and semi-tropical regions. They can be found as far north as England, Sweden and Wales .”

A WWF report indicates that 519 plants, 15 mammals, 89 frogs, 279 fish, 46 lizards, 22 snakes, 4 birds, 4 turtles and 2 salamanders were discovered in the Greater Mekong area.

Here is an Animal Planet video on the Huntsman Spiders found down under:


Here are a couple of images of the Huntsman Spider (credit : Wikipedia)

Huntsman_spider_on_log Huntsman_spider_with_meal

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1 Juanita ward June 15, 2009 at 3:09 am

I killed a spider in my bedroom tonight, it was in my bed. I notice it after I got
out of the bed. It sat there as if, waiting for something. It scared me, and I try not too share my bed with no animal, other than a human, witch was not the case, withe spider. I did not know what it was, but it had brown, white and black stripes. I have spraded my home but it seems, as if they are coming more often. Can you tell me what else I can do too keep them at bay.
Also I’m having trouble with little black fuzz ones as well. Help Me!!!

2 dennia June 23, 2009 at 5:01 am

I live in Florida, usa. We have HUGE spiders. I let them stay in the house if they’re not venomous, because there are other huge bugs lurking around that the spiders get rid of for me. But eventually, there get to be just too many. When that happens, I use one of those roach, flea fogger things. It’s usually a couple months before I see another spider.
If you want to keep out the spiders, you need to keep out the bugs they feed on. Cedar oil repels just about any kind of bug. if you put cedar oil along the top and bottom of your walls, and all around your doors and windows, you will have hardly any bugs in your house.
Just make sure you follow the directions on the fogger can and read the warnings for both of these things. You want to get rid of spiders, not yourself or kids or your pets.
I hope this helps you. good luck!

3 bonnie March 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm


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