What kind of spider is this (picture)?


It was in my house last night, I live in South Florida. I thought it looked like a Huntsman, but my mom thought it looked more like a brown recluse. I thought it was unlikely that it was a brown recluse from what I read about them online.


I didn't think it was a recluse because they aren't common in south Florida, whereas huntsman spiders are. Also, he was moved SO fast. Almost appeared as though he was hopping, he moved so fast. I read online that that is a characteristic of a huntsman spider.

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    This is in fact a huntsman spider (family Sparassidae)

    probably a Heteropoda venatoria.

    These are often mistaken for the recluse, but are usually much


    these spiders are quite harmless, and even reluctant to bite.

    They are an excellent natural exterminator of infestive insects,

    and handy to have around the house.

    I have handled a large number of these (in the course of making a movie)

    and never had a bite from one.

    Your pet seems to have lost a couple legs.




    374 huntsman spiders were used to film the movie 'Arachnophobia'

    Source(s): UC Irvine, entomology
  • 1 decade ago

    It's a rare six-legged brown icky arachnid.

    It doesn't look like a recluse to me. You don't usually find them out in the open. Likely another spider.

    Edited to add: note that its mouth parts are much bigger than a recluse. See: http://www.termite.com/spider-identification.html#...

    I'll bet you're right to consider it a huntsman.

  • 1 decade ago

    It looks like a wolf spider. Which isn't poisonous but they do resemble a fiddle back (brown recluse)

  • 1 decade ago

    Wolf Spider?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its not a recluse, they like dry places

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't know, but whatever it is, just try NOT to get bitten by it. It looks like a brown recluse but if it is don't get bitten by it. Just be careful.

    P.S. I wasn't yelling there.

  • 1 decade ago

    That definitely is a recluse.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    How big is it? kinda looks like a grass spider. Poor baby is missing a couple of legs:<]

  • 1 decade ago

    looks like a recluse to me..

    i wouldent let it bite me


  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I'm not sure, but that's scary, ugh.

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