giant crab spider - huntsman spider

Cave Spider (Cat Ba, Vietnam) - Identified as Sparassidae family, commonly called Huntsman spider or Giant Crab Spider.­

If you can identify the exact species, please post a comment or email me!

Scale: about 5 inch diameter (including the legs), i.­e.­ about the actual size on a standard computer monitor.­

This one was in this cave on a small deserted island of Halong Bay.­

I like the reflection in two of the eight eyes of the spider.­

I found similar spiders in other caves, see here.

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Photos of Bats, Spider and Geckos found in caves.­

The most challenging photos are those of bats flying.­ Those are very hard to capture, and it requires great patience (and luck!).­


Remember, spiders are good for people.­ They eat mosquitos and other desease-carring insects and they almost never bite people.­ They are nice and friendly, they just have a bad reputation because they look spooky with their 8 legs and their 8 eyes :)

Don't kill spiders! If you find one in your house, leave it alone or gently take it outside.­ Remember, spiders are your friends, they catch and eat mosquitos.­

Photos from of my 30-day trip around Vietnam in November 2005.­

You can also check these smaller selections of photos on selected subjects:

- Tribe people of Vietnam: A selection of my best photos of Tribe people from Northern Vietnam.­

- Markets of Vietnam.

- Tiết canh (raw blood soup).

- Road construction in Vietnam.

- Spaying a piglet.

it came in my house my sister shouted when she saw this spider it was same