A veterinarian at a wildlife first aid station in Nantou County yesterday, made painstaking efforts to rescue a huntsman spider from a sticky rat trap. Eventually, the Heteropoda venatoria, also known as the giant crab spider, or cane spider, was freed of its predicament using flour, salad oil, cotton swabs, and a lot of patience.
The spider’s Chinese name (白額高腳蛛) refers to the prominent white streak on its forehead and white stripes on the legs.
Spider expert Luo Yingyuan (羅英元) said that the spider is found commonly in homes and it forages during the night. It is vulnerable, along with other innocent species, such as the Asian house gecko, to being caught on sticky traps set for rats and mice.
People needn’t panic when they see a specimen, as they will rush to escape and will only bite if trapped. While the spider’s venom is deadly to its prey, humans needn’t fear too much if bitten as it will not do much harm to the human body.