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What is the name of the giant spider in Australia?

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The giant Australian huntsman spider, or huntsman spider, can grow to more than 6 inches in leg span. This large spider is commonly found on bark, under logs or even in houses.

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The huntsman spider is an athletic, active spider, capable of great bursts of speed when chasing down prey, such as insects, small lizards and amphibians. It does not use a web in capturing prey. Like the wolf spider, the huntsman spider displays maternal instincts to her spiderlings, assisting them out of the egg sack and staying with them for a few weeks. The venom of the huntsman spider can produce a painful bite, but it is not considered dangerous to a healthy human.

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