Father admits why he is glad to see an enormous huntsman near his sleeping son

Rebelander Basilan
Jan 24, 2019
08:40 A.M.
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Scotty Allen shared a photo on Facebook that shows a huge spider crawling across his sleeping son’s pillow.

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He explained why he didn’t seem alarmed when he spotted the spider, identified as a huntsman, near his son.

A huntsman spider eating a cricket. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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Huntsman spiders do bite humans occasionally, but their bites are not known to be dangerous to humans.

“No need to worry about nasty bugs bothering my kids with this big girl watching over them,” Daily Mail quoted Allen as saying.

Huntsman spiders can provide pest-control, as they prey on smaller pesky insects, such as mosquito and cockroaches.

NOT DANGEROUS TO HUMANS

A huntsman is a generally low-risk and non-aggressive spider. Huntsman spiders do bite humans occasionally, but their bites are not known to be dangerous to humans.

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Scotty Allen spotted the huntsman spiders nestled next to his son’s pillow. | Photo: Facebook/Scotty Allen

Also referred to as the giant crab spider, the huntsman looks scary because of its sheer size, with its big and long legs. Some male huntsman spiders achieve a leg span of 8-10 inches.

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In the US, huntsman spiders commonly seen in subtropical areas of Florida, California, and Texas. They are also found in coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina.

Instead of weaving webs, they wait for insects and other invertebrates and for the right timing to attack.

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RESCUING A HUNTSMAN SPIDER

In a similar story, a woman known by the nickname “Barnyard Betty” saves an enormous huntsman spider and sets her free.

She said that rescuing the huntsman spider, which she named Charlotte, three years ago was one of her best rescues to date.

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Barnyard Betty said that she doesn't “just rescue farm animals.” She was furious that someone wanted to kill Charlotte, which she described as a "magnificent girl."

“I could never have imagined as I gently coaxed her onto a broom, took her from harm's way and snapped a few quick photos before releasing her what a sensation she would cause!” she said.

Barnyard Betty explained that Charlotte wasn't aggressive but does what most spiders want to do: 

"To go about her business eating bugs and living in peace. She didn't or doesn't need to be killed! Poor spiders are so misunderstood!"

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